A gent in the parish has this question; I figured someone here will certainly know the answer!
How do you dispose of a Papal Blessing? For instance, if your grandparents received a Papal Blessing for an anniversary, and the grandparents are long gone to God, and nobody knows what to do with the “certificate” anymore, what should they do?
Is this like other Sacramentals, which should be buried or burned?
I would have absolutely no desire to hang a framed papal blessing for my grandparents on the wall, and I dislike clutter. So I would certainly be one to dispose of it, *after *asking other family members if they would like to take it off of my hands.
I find the whole concept of “disposing” of such a thing a little strange, but I suppose different people might have different reasons. If a person insisted on “disposing” of such a document rather than, as others have said, keeping it as an heirloom, I’d suggest they send it back to Rome with a short note of explanation.
Please note, it is NOT I who am disposing of the Papal Blessing (in fact, I received one this summer, which I will be hanging in my classroom).
Also, go easy on the gent for whom I inquired: he lost his job and has to relocate the entire family completely across the country…they are getting rid of absolutely everything, I’d guess. I’m happy that in this day and age, someone would actually ask what to do , rather than improperly toss it aside.
I mean after all, just about everybody who asks gets one right?
And since our Orthodox brethren don’t accept the Pope as anything more than the first Bishop among equals, which actually means he was just the first one, then the Pope is really just another everyday hum drum Bishop, and receiving something from him really doesn’t mean much of anything, so why hang on to it?
Lets get down to the Khyber Rifles here what say? It’s high time we did away with all of the traditional antiquated Catholic ideas about the Papacy and join in gleeful re union with our Orthodox brothers who say that he was merely the first Bishop, and many of our eastern brethren who joyfully support the Zoghby Initiative which states:
I believe everything which Eastern Orthodoxy teaches.
I am in communion with the Bishop of Rome as the first among the bishops, according to the limits recognized by the Holy Fathers of the East during the first millennium, before the separation
And our protestant brethren who took the high road years ago and cut the Pope off completely as being unneeded, unnatural and a danger to the faith and to the world, among other choice descriptions:thumbsup:
And lets not forget that awful infallibility issue:bigyikes: We all know how that came about right??? After all, the Orthodox, the Zoghby Initiative supporters and the Protestants know, and they’ll be glad to teach us the error of our ways.
Yep you got it right my friend, a Special Apostolic Blessing on your family from some dead Bishop is hardly worth the paper it;s printed on.
Did you know that you could ask for the Pope’s blessing for your wedding?
If you are both Catholic and are getting married in a Catholic church, you are eligible to receive the papal blessing or Benediction Papalis.
Though it may take some time and is not for free (the fee goes to charity), **the papal blessing provides a wonderful and spiritual touch for your marriage.**It comes from the Vatican and is a piece of parchment paper hand-painted with calligraphy, flowers, and different sketches of the Vatican. It also has the reigning Pope’s photograph, official raised seal, signature and the blessing.
To get one, those who have received the papal blessing say you may write to the Vatican and enclose your wedding invitation. You may also ask for help from your parish priest or Diocese office.[/SIGN]
The person requesting a way to dispose of this should count his blessings. I come from a Catholic heritage & culture that I treasure. My parents, grandparents, great grandparents, etc. were all Catholic. They helped to build the Cathedral that was my first parish…with some financial help (not a lot as they were poor immigrants)…& lots of volunteered labor.
That Church was gutted after Vatican II. The statues were shipped out on the first load, the Communion Rail that my Great Grandfather helped to fashion with his own hands…went next. The beautiful high altar has been replaced with a table.
The only thing I have as a memory of their faith is a well-worn “My Prayer Book…Happiness in Goodness” that was given to my aunt in 1915 for her first Holy Communion. It contains everything from the Beatitudes, to the examination of conscience before the Sacrament of Confession…to the Mass itself. It has a very interesting part called the “Eucharistic Rosary”.
My Father’s rosary was grabbed by one of my Brothers who hadn’t attended Mass for 35 years. For my Mother, I had her buried with one of my own rosaries that had been blessed at the Vatican. I would treasure something like a Papal Blessing on my forbears marriage.
My godfather (who took me on a pilgrimage to Rome last year) has a papal blessing from Pius XII for his father, and the entire family- saying also (I believe), if any of them were to die, it can be considered that they already have the Last Rites if they are not available to them.
It is hand written with a beautiful picture of Pius XII in prayer. Its framed in his house. It’s already confirmed that it is going to me one day- even though I am not related to him.
I feel like, who knows, since it is of Pius it might serve as a sacramental. Especially if he becomes sainted.