Prayer for Protection of a Home

The Virgin and Child Embracing, Sassoferrato (1609-1685)

The Virgin and Child Embracing, Sassoferrato (1609-1685)

(Saint Joseph can be seen outside)


A beautiful prayer to place near the front door, and to say when leaving the house.


SWEET & GENTLE LADY

 

Immaculate Mother of God, we choose thee this

day as the Mistress and Lady of this house.

Guard it, dear Mother, from pestilence, fire,

lightning and tempest, from schisms

and heresies and from the malice of enemies.

Protect its inmates, sweet Mary,

Watch over their going out and their coming in

And preserve them from sudden death.

Keep from us all sin and harm and pray

to God for us that we may

Live in His Service and depart this life

In His Grace.

Amen.


Madonna with the Child and two Angels, Filippo Lippi, 1406–1469

Madonna with the Child and two Angels, Filippo Lippi, 1406–1469


Three Different Versions:

Our Lady of this House

O sweet and gentle Lady, Immaculate Mother of God, we choose Thee this day to be the Mistress and Lady of this house. Guard it, dear Mother from pestilence, fire, lightning, and tempests; from schisms and heresies, from depredations of burglars and the malice of enemies. Protect its inmates, sweet Mary; watch over their going out and their coming in, and preserve them from sudden death. Keep us from all sin and harm, and pray for us to God, that we may live in His service and depart this life in His grace. Amen.


Queen of this House

Dear Lady of Perpetual Help, Spotless Mother of God, we choose Thee as the Mistress and Lady of this House. Guard it, dearest Mother, from pestilence, lightning, fire and tempest, from schisms and heresies, from air raids, and the malice of enemies. Protect those who dwell herein most loving Mother, watch over their going out and coming in, and preserve them from sudden death. Keep us from all sin and harm and pray for us, that we may serve God faithfully here and afterwards enjoy with Thee for evermore the blissful vision of His Face. Amen.



Holy Mary, Mother of God

Holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God, who was conceived without sin, I choose thee, this day, for the lady and Mistress of this House; I beseech thee through thy Immaculate Conception, to preserve it from pestilence, fire and water; from lightning and tempests, from robbers, from schisms and heresies, from earthquakes and from sudden death. Bless and protect, O holy Virgin, all its inmates, obtain for them grace to avoid sin, and save them from every other misfortune and accident. Amen.






The author of this website has been unable to find the origin of this prayer. The prayer appears to be adapted to protection of a home from particular dangers in different circumstances.




The Virgin and Child, William Dyce, 1845

The Virgin and Child, William Dyce, 1845


Visit We Beseech Thee O Lord

Visit, we beseech Thee, O Lord, this dwelling, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let Thy holy Angels dwell herein, to preserve us in peace; and let Thy blessing be always upon us. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Visita, quaesumus Domine, habitationem istam, et omnes insidias inimici ab ea longe repelle: Angeli tui sancti habitent in ea, qui nos in pace custodiant; et benedictio tua sit super nos semper. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.


O Mary, Bless This House

O Mary, bless this house where thy Name is always blessed.

Praise forever be to Mary Immaculate, the ever-virgin Mother, blessed amongst women, the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Queen of Paradise.



Triptych with the Annunciation (Merode Altarpiece), Robert Campin, c. 1427-1432

Triptych with the Annunciation (Merode Altarpiece), Robert Campin, c. 1427-1432


Another prayer when leaving the house, or starting a day or a task:

Go Before Us, O Lord

Go before us, O Lord, we beseech Thee, in all our doings with Thy gracious inspirations, and further us with Thy continual help, that every prayer and work of ours may begin from Thee, and by Thee be duly ended. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


(An alternative translation)

Direct, we beg Thee, O Lord, our prayers and our actions by Thy holy inspirations and carry them on by Thy gracious assistance, so that every work of ours may always begin with Thee, and through Thee come to completion. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Actiones nostras, quaesumus Domine, aspirando praeveni et adiuvando prosequere: ut cuncta nostra oratio et operatio a te semper incipiat et per te coepta finiatur. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Saint Anthony Leaving His Monastery, Sano di Pietro, c. 1430-1435

Saint Anthony Leaving His Monastery, Sano di Pietro, c. 1430-1435


Prayer to Bless This House,  and asking for the Intercession of Saint Anthony

Bless this house, O Lord,
And those who dwell in it.
Send your Holy Spirit to our home
So that everyone may find refuge
And serenity.
Grant peace to those who enter
And accompany those who leave
With your protection.
Stay by our side as dusk falls,
When loneliness calls for your comfort.
In the moment of trial infuse hope in us
And in times of hard decisions
Inspire our hearts.
We ask this through the intercession
Of Saint Anthony,
Our brother in the faith,

Amen.

- Fr Giancarlo OFM Conv.


Madonna and Child, Eric Monserday Vidal (1850-1926)

Madonna and Child, Eric Monserday Vidal (1850-1926)


Immaculate Queen of Peace, pray for us.

Immaculata Regina Pacis, ora pro nobis.