I made these little fabric pennants for the children’s rooms at my son’s new house the other day. They are moved in but not completely settled …I just found some thumbtacks to hang them. I had enough ribbon for the girls…the boys got twine :) There are plenty of tutorials on the Net to make these…I simply made a template out of cereal box stock and rather than hemming the triangles on all three sides, I used pinking shears and then hemmed the tops. They will be safe from fraying until it is time to wash them. At that point I could always hem them all the way around and re-insert the ribbon. ( I was in a hurry / excited grandma here :) The cowgirl and ninja in the collage liked them very much, as well as the other children.
My son’s fiancee attends an evangelical church and he often goes there with her. On occasion they also visit his friend’s Saturday evening service, which is Anglican. It was the Anglican minister who performed the house blessing on Tuesday evening. If you are Eastern Orthodox or Catholic, you will be familiar with this sort of ceremony. I am not sure if any other Protestant churches other than the Anglican perform this….If any do, I would imagine it would be the Episcopalians and Lutheran who are older than the others, as is the Anglican church. ( anyway. let me know if you know? :)
Not too long ago I posted about a haunted house in my area ( HERE ) that a local news station had written about. That story was in the extreme…demonic possession…others are generally about a lost soul..but at any rate, I’ve never been to a formal house blessing, and if you have not either, I thought I’d let you know what went on :)
It’s taken quite seriously…to attend you must be a baptized believer, and this is because if the priest or minister runs into trouble, intercessory prayer and back up is needed. Holy water and a blessed cross are used throughout. There is basically an exorcism of sorts right up front..the first prayers are strong statements that Satanic or dark forces must go ( going from memory / don’t have a copy of the handout here but that was the gist of it. ) After that formal prayers, responses, Bible readings, reciting of Psalms, and various blessings are recited all through the house…in just about every room.
While I had never sensed a dark force in this house, and was not worried, I can still tell you that it was a powerful experience, because this minister was taking it seriously…he’d run in to trouble in a house already and that is a scary thing. ( and so your mind wanders…as in while you are participating in the ritual, you are also thinking…’what if this house WAS haunted and something manifested itself….would I pray and stand ground or run screaming from the house?’ )
Matthew 26:40 “What, could ye not watch with me one hour?”
In the end, the Doxology is sung and the cross used in the blessing ceremony is hung above the front door.