Along with the sacraments, the church practises blessing rites on special personal occasions. In the blessing, God inclines to the person who requests it in the right spirit, and gives him or her the assurance of his favour, his help, his grace and mercy. Blessings are dispensed on the following special occasions:
- Wedding anniversaries
- Prenatal development
- Funerals and burials
All blessing rites generally take place in the context of a divine service and with the members of the congregation attending. On special request, or in view of exceptional circumstances, the blessing rite for these occasions can also be performed at home.
No charges are made for the performance of a blessing rite.
For betrothals, marriages and wedding anniversary blessings, at least one of the partners must be a member of the New Apostolic Church.
Funerals and burials are also carried out by the New Apostolic Church, in accordance with local custom.