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 God, creator and preserver of all things,
in Your hand rests the life of every living being
and the spirit of all flesh.
We pray You, hear and answer the prayers of Your faithful ones.
Pour out Your blessing upon this salt (or feed)
which You have made,
and give it the strength of Your unseen power.
May then, the animals which You have been so kind
as to give us for our human needs,
when they have tasted of this,
be made free from every sickness
and by Your protection
be kept from the attacks of the evil spirit,
through Christ our Lord.
(Then it is sprinkled with holy water.)