Foundation stone of a Church ..183

It may in this time be advised to be small, movable

It can be a marble stone e g 1 cm x 30 x 30 cm big enough to be beneath the chalice and paten on the altar

or it can be the common size and the common blessing ritual which is printed below

B Let us pray

Almighty God and Loving Father, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy, you look down in the might of Thy power upon this creature of stone, that it and this place, which we have dedicate to Thy service and consecrated to Thy work, may become radiant with the Light of Thy undying Fire

During the prayer which follows the Bishop anoints with Chrism the cross on the face of the stone

Wherefore do we + consecrate and + hallow this stone as the foundation of Thy Church, to the glory

of God, to the perfecting of humanity, and in honour of His glorious Martyr (***

the holy St. .. in the Name of the + Father and of the + Son and of the Holy + Ghost

C Amen

A canticle can follow

Antiphone Christ is our foundation And our chief corner-stone

1 We are no more strangers and foreigners: but fellow-citizens (look in the content of hymns)

A collect

And a final benediction