Can anyone tell me if 1) laity can give blessings and 2) if so, are they as efficacious as though given by a priest?
I know that when I say grace, I am blessing my food (“Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts…”).
I am specifically curious about 2 things I suppose:
is it OK to bless my children, either with or without holy water, by tracing a cross on their foreheads, and is that blessing efficacious?
can I bless somebody else? E.g., my sister and I were walking out of a church, and she never blesses herself with holy water before or after entering. I dipped my hand into the holy water and traced a cross on her forehead…I guess more as a reminder to her! Was that OK, and was it efficacious?
Thanks all in advance!