I saw this recent post of the blessing of the Gospel book and was intrigued to see what the prayer for this was. The Great Book of Needs (Trebnik) from St. Tikhon's Seminary Press provides an enlightening preface to the service in addition to the prayers themselves.
|(OCA-DEPA) - St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church blessed a new Gospel Book donated in memory of Onufriy Zabinko on April 14, 2013 following Vespers.|
Concerning the Blessing and Sanctification of the Book of the Holy Gospels
There is no specific Order of Prayers appointed for the Blessing and Sanctification of the Book of the Gospels, itself. According to a Note found in K. Nikolsky, Posobiye k'izucheniu Ustava Bogosluzheniya Pravoslavnoi Tserkvi, St. Petersburg, 1900, p. 826, the Book of the Gospels is not blessed because, as the Word of God, it is holy. But if it be covered with a precious Cover (usually metal), upon which are affixed Icons, then the Cover itself is blessed using the Order for the Blessing and Sanctification of Various Icons Laid Out Together.
Order of Sanctification of the Gospel Book
Although not specifically directed, presumably the Gospel Book to be blessed is set upon a specifically-prepared table before the Ambon, as for the Blessing of the other church items.
The Priest begins, as usual:
The Reader continues:
Priest reads the prayer:
And immediately the Priest sprinkles it with Holy Water, saying:
And immediately he pronounces the Dismissal And kissing the Gospel, he sets it on the Holy Table.
pp. 286 - 287