I was in confession with a priest who was conducting a mission in our parish, and at the end, he gave me a small crucifix which he said had been blessed by the Holy Father, Francis.
First, I gave it away to a relative who appreciated it more than I did.
second, I’m almost nervous about having anything "blessed’ because it inevitably mixes in with so many things that are not “blessed” – e.g. ends up in a drawer etc. I can’t keep track of it. I don’t want to be superstitious about things that have been blessed.
The effect on me of coming into contact with something that has been blessed is to make me nervously aware of that object having been blessed, in some sense “dedicated” by the hands of a priest who himself has been anointed in Holy Orders. (I’ve never had that thought before.)
I think that a Bible is already blessed by the words that are printed in it, far beyond anything added by an action of a priest or pope. I don’t full appreciate the whole idea of having blessed objects.
I avoid holy water fonts in churches (and have for years) on the basis of their somewhat dirty appearance, at least in the case of the fonts in my parish church, and their questionable (at best) sanitation status.
In formal ceremonies where a bishop is present, there are usually two non-ordained servers with long stoles on, to use for avoiding direct hand contact with the bishop’s miter or crosier – so highly regarded are these objects of the bishop’s office and authority. In my lifetime, bishops used to wear white gloves, so as to, it seems, prevent their anointed hands from coming into contact with anything not similarly consecrated.
I don’t recall whether anyone previously mentioned the story in the gospels of the woman who was healed by touching the tassel of Jesus’s garment. Jesus says the He felt power leaving Him when she touched it, or something to this effect.
In the OT, blood from sacrificed animals was dashed on the altar. Why? Well, in the first place, that was how the altar was dedicated or consecrated. The sins of the people desecrated the altar and the dwelling place of God with Israel, and so the altar was re-dedicated with blood at least twice a day – the morning and evening sacrifices, not to mention all the additional sacrifices that may have been made during the day.
do we give so much reverence to the altar in church, which is the place of the ultimate consecration of Christ’s body and blood? Hardly, from what I can tell.