Prayers and Litany from
the Great Blessing of Water

For this reason, O King and lover of mankind,
be present now through the descent of your Holy Spirit
and sanctify this water!

Grant it the grace of giving redemption
and the sanctifying power of the River Jordan.

Make it a font of incorruptibility,
a gift of sanctification,
a redemption from sins,
a healing potion for illness,
destroyer of devils.

Make it hold back the powers of the enemy,
and fill it with the might of the angels,
so that all who drink and receive it
may be blessed in their souls and bodies,
healed in their sufferings,
sanctified in their homes,
and may receive every befitting grace.

For You are our God,
Who drowned sin in the waters at the time of Noah.
You are our God,
Who cleaved the rock in the wilderness,
so that the waters gushed out and the valleys overflowed,
and the people were satisfied.

. . .

That these waters may be sanctified
by the power, and effectual operation,
and descent of the Holy Spirit,
let us pray to the Lord.

That there may descend upon these waters
the cleansing operation of the super-substantial Trinity,
let us pray to the Lord.

That He will endue them with the grace of redemption,
the blessing of Jordan,
the might, and operation, and descent of the Holy Spirit,
let us pray to the Lord.

That Satan may speedily be crushed under our feet,
and that every evil counsel directed against us
may be brought to naught,
let us pray to the Lord.

That the Lord our God will free us from every attack
and temptation of the enemy,
and make us worthy of the good things which He has promised,
let us pray to the Lord.

That He will illumine us with the light of understanding and of piety,
and with the descent of the Holy Spirit,
let us pray to the Lord.

That the Lord our God will send down the blessing of Jordan,
and sanctify these waters,
let us pray to the Lord.

That this water may be unto the bestowing of sanctification;
unto the remission of sins;
unto the healing of soul and body;
and unto every expedient service,
let us pray to the Lord.

That this water may be a fountain
welling forth unto life eternal,
let us pray to the Lord.

That it may manifest itself effectual
unto the averting of every machination of our foes,
whether visible or invisible,
let us pray to the Lord.

For those who shall draw of it
and take of it unto the sanctification of their homes,
let us pray to the Lord.

That it may be for the purification of the souls and bodies
of all those who, with faith, shall draw and partake of it,
let us pray to the Lord.

That He will graciously enable us to perfect sanctification
by participation in these waters,
through the invisible manifestation of the Holy Spirit,
let us pray to the Lord.

. . .

When You, O Lord were baptized in the Jordan
The worship of the Trinity was made manifest
For the voice of the Father bore witness to You
And called You His beloved Son.
And the Spirit, in the form of a dove,
Confirmed the truthfulness of His word.
O Christ, our God,
You have revealed Yourself
And have enlightened the world.
Glory to You!
 

[Eastern Orthodox]