[quote="OraEtLabora1965, post:1, topic:182114"]
How do I get blessed salt? Can I just purchase regular salt from the grocery store and ask a priest to bless it?
Yes, that is a common practice in different parishes that I have attended (for those who desire to incorporate the salt into their spirituality).
[quote="Cristian_B, post:2, topic:182114"]
And what will be the purpose of that blessed salt?
Historically, salt has been used as a disinfectant and preservative. With this in mind, there is an old tradition within Christianity to have a priest bless it with a special exorcism prayer (which the OP cited in Post #5). The idea is that blessed salt does on a spiritual level what regular salt does on a material level. The exorcized salt can be added to holy water, or it can simply be sprinkled in places. It can even be consumed.
[quote="Shin, post:8, topic:182114"]
Some priests might not even have those books...
Don't worry about that; all priests have the proper prayer. It is in the Sacramentary (on page 359 in the current English version) as part of the sprinkling rite when used as the Penitential Rite for Mass. It is considered an optional addition. For example, it is currently the Easter Season and many priests at the beginning of Sunday Mass will bless a bucket of holy water (while saying, "Dear friends, this water will be used to remind us of our baptism..."). He will then walk around sprinkling people. During the actual blessing of the holy water, he has the option of blessing some salt and adding it to the water prior to the sprinkling.
[quote="Shin, post:8, topic:182114"]
...but it's good to prompt them about it if they don't even if you have to listen to a lecture about it not being magic, which one almost invariably hears every time you try from some priests and people to get a sacramental blessed. :rolleyes:
This sort of thing can, indeed, be frustrating, can't it? Fortunately, there are still other priests out there who are "old school", especially among the younger ones, meaning that they have adopted a more traditional mindset concerning sacramentals. I know of a priest who routinely blesses salt for parishioners and always uses the formula from the Sacramentary. And if he notices someone wearing a St. Benedict medal, he will ask, "Did you ever have a priest or deacon put the special exorcism prayer on that?" (he keeps a copy of that prayer in the sacristy in case the answer is "no"; this is not the same exorcism prayer used on salt, of course). In other words, he takes sacramentals used in the context of spiritual warfare very seriously.
[quote="ChadS, post:6, topic:182114"]
I understand the value of having blessed salt around, but is there any particular kind that is favored? Such as table versus sea salt?
The rubrics in the Sacramentary simply call for "salt." So it can be regular table salt or sea salt.
[quote="sail1993, post:10, topic:182114"]
I printed the blessing out, bought a two pound box of Kosher salt and took it to seven churches before returning to my parish (where I started) looking for a priest. No one home anywhere. When I complained about not finding a priest at seven local churches the secretary informed me that there was a retired bishop living upstairs. I handed her the prayer and the box of salt.
Here is a helpful suggestion for the next time that you need salt blessed. Arrive at Mass early, give the box of salt to the sacristan and ask him to have the priest bless it. As I mentioned above, the book that has the blessing is the Sacramentary. Therefore, seeing as the Mass is about to be celebrated, both the book and a priest will be there. Then pick up the salt from the sacristan after Mass. Of course, you can directly ask the priest yourself, but in some places it is easier to do this through the sacristan.
...I just realized that this thread is about a year and a half old. Well, hopefully what I've posted may still come to the attention of those who originally participated in this discussion as well as be helpful to future people reading it.