Blest be God, the Creator.
Blest be the holy name of God.
Blest be God, the covenant keeper.
Blest be God, our loving Father.
Blest be Jesus our Saviour.
Blest be Jesus, truly God and human.
Blest be the body and blood of Jesus.
Blest be his heart of mercy.
Blest be the name of Jesus.
Blest be the Son of Man.
Blest be the Holy Spirit, the comforter.
Blest be the Spirit, our sanctifier.
Blest be the giver of life and love.
Blest be our Triune God.
Blest be Mary, the mother of God.
Blest be Mary as disciple of Jesus.
Blest be all the holy ones of God.
Blest be God in all of creation.
As beautiful as the traditional divine praises are, they seem more like a catechetical statement than truly a song of praise to God. Although they may seem official, they are not included in the official Rite of the Church for Adoration and Benediction - which means they are part of public piety but not the liturgy. It also seems strange that there are 2 statements about God; 5 about Jesus; only one about the Holy Spirit; 4 about Mary (highlighting the various Marian dogmas) and then the final two with Joseph and the angels and saints. Out of 14 lines, only 9 are strictly 'divine praises'. This new formulation focuses more on some of the many scriptural titles regarding the trinity and the key saints. While some may lament the absence of beloved phrases, this offering is meant as simply an alternative that restores balance to the direct praise of God (15 out of 18 lines). The original by Jesuit priest Fr Luigi Felici in 1797 contained 8 lines:
- Blessed be God.
- Blessed be his Holy Name.
- Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
- Blessed be the name of Jesus.
- Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.
- Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary Most Holy.
- Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
- Blessed be God in his Angels and in his Saints.
Fr Richard Healey