Calendar of Blessings - Catholic Rural Life

Calendar of Blessings

The Church sets aside feast days and liturgical days throughout the year to help us remember and celebrate our spiritual lives.

At Catholic Rural Life, we take particular interest in the cycles of nature and seek ways to unite the change of seasons with the constant Word of the liturgy.

To that end, we are putting together this series of blessings for each month of the year that highlights an aspect of rural life.

How to Use these Monthly Blessings

You can use a particular blessing at any time of the given month — whatever day or time time works best for you and others.

These blessings may be used in a parish setting or other group settings. They offer the opportunity to bring to mind rural life and prayer. Parish uses may include parish meetings, bible study groups, and religious education sessions.

You may also want to use the blessings for family prayer, especially at a special meal.

These blessings may also be used for private prayer and reflection.

Format of Monthly Blessings

– Each blessing begins with an opening prayer
– A “Song of Praise” is recited (either together as a group or by alternating verses between a leader and participants)
– Select readings from Scripture
– Period of reflection, either for quiet reflection and group sharing
– Closing blessing

Blessing of Silence and Rest


January Blessing

Blessing of New Life


February Blessing

Blessing of the Wind


March Blessing

Blessing of Seeds and Rain


April Blessing

Blessing of All Who Work the Land


May Blessing

Blessing of the Land


June Blessing

Blessing of Visitors and Guests


July Blessing

Blessing of First Fruits


August Blessing

Blessing of Change and Letting Go


September Blessing

Blessing of Animals


October Blessing

Blessing of Food


November Blessing

Blessing of Night


December Blessing

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