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

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

O God, when You freed Your people from Egypt You ordered,
through Your servant Moses,
that a lamb be killed
and that the posts of the houses be sprinkled with its blood.
Be so kind as to bless and sanctify this flesh which You have made,
and of which we, Your servants,
wish to partake in Your honor,
through the resurrection of the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and is King with You
for ever and ever.

R. Amen.