Blessing of Basil Leaf in Honour of the Holy Cross

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

Let us pray.

Almighty and merciful God,
deign, we beseech Thee, to bless
thy creature, this aromatic basil leaf. (sign of the cross)
Even as it delights our senses,
may it recall for us the triumph of Christ, our Crucified King
and the power of His Precious Blood
to purify and preserve us from evil
so that, planted beneath His Cross,
we may flourish to Thy glory
and spread abroad the fragrance of His sacrifice.
Who is Lord forever and ever.
R. Amen.

– the bouquets of basil leaf are sprinkled with Holy Water