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V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of the living God,
bless these candles at our request.
By virtue of the holy cross, Lord,
pour upon them the virtue of Your heavenly blessing.
You have given them to mankind
to drive away the dark.
May they, at this sign of the cross,
receive such blessing that wherever they may be lit or placed,
the princes of darkness may depart
and be afraid and fly in fear from those houses with all their helpers.
Nor may they dare again to trouble or bother those who serve You,
almighty God, who live and are King for ever and ever.

R. Amen.

(Then the candles are sprinkled with holy water.)

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