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.
O God, creator of all nature,
among other various types of creatures You were so kind
as also to produce birds from the waters (Gen. 1:20)
for the use of mankind.
Of these Noah, when he came out of the ark,
offered You a pleasing holocaust.
And when You had led Your people out of Egypt by Moses, Your servant,
You divided the clean from the unclean,
and commanded that they should eat of them.
We humbly beg of You to bless
and sanctify the meat of these clean birds
so that those who partake of it
may be filled with Your abundant blessing and merit
to be brought to the pastures of eternal life
through Christ our Lord.
(Then the poultry are sprinkled with holy water.)