Medals, rosaries, blessings questions

Is praying the rosary more effective if it’s been blessed? I’ve been praying with one that was never blessed. If so, how do you get a priest to bless it? Do they have special times they do that? They are so busy I can’t see just stopping him after mass to ask. Will any priest be able to do this or only certain ones?

I also wonder about medals. Do they really protect against evil? It seems a little superstitious. I think I saw that St Benedict (?) is one that helps with spiritual battles. Is that correct? Same question as above–does it have to be blessed and how do you go about getting it blessed?

Finally, I’ve read about having holy water in your house. Where do you get holy water to keep in your house, and do you just keep it in a little bottle? Can anyone spread it around or do you have to find a priest to do it?

Medals, scapulars, rosaries, washing of feet on Holy Thursday, Sign of the Cross, crosses, crucifixes, holy water, and other blessed items are sacramentals. The sacramentals are not charms, they have no power of their own. Sacramentals work through the power and prayers of the Church, and through the pious disposition of the one using them, so they drive away evil spirits and remit venial sin preparing the soul for grace.

Yes, any priest can bless the items, anytime. Yes, you can spread the holy water yourself.

You get holy water from your parish. There is usually an urn available for us to fill our bottles with . If you don’t see one then ask.

Catechism:

SACRAMENTALS

1667 "Holy Mother Church has, moreover, instituted sacramentals. These are sacred signs which bear a resemblance to the sacraments. They signify effects, particularly of a spiritual nature, which are obtained through the intercession of the Church. By them men are disposed to receive the chief effect of the sacraments, and various occasions in life are rendered holy."171

The characteristics of sacramentals

1668 Sacramentals are instituted for the sanctification of certain ministries of the Church, certain states of life, a great variety of circumstances in Christian life, and the use of many things helpful to man. In accordance with bishops’ pastoral decisions, they can also respond to the needs, culture, and special history of the Christian people of a particular region or time. They always include a prayer, often accompanied by a specific sign, such as the laying on of hands, the sign of the cross, or the sprinkling of holy water (which recalls Baptism).

1669 Sacramentals derive from the baptismal priesthood: every baptized person is called to be a “blessing,” and to bless.172 Hence lay people may preside at certain blessings; the more a blessing concerns ecclesial and sacramental life, the more is its administration reserved to the ordained ministry (bishops, priests, or deacons).173

1670 Sacramentals do not confer the grace of the Holy Spirit in the way that the sacraments do, but by the Church’s prayer, they prepare us to receive grace and dispose us to cooperate with it. "For well-disposed members of the faithful, the liturgy of the sacraments and sacramentals sanctifies almost every event of their lives with the divine grace which flows from the Paschal mystery of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ. From this source all sacraments and sacramentals draw their power. There is scarcely any proper use of material things which cannot be thus directed toward the sanctification of men and the praise of God."174

Various forms of sacramentals

1671 Among sacramentals blessings (of persons, meals, objects, and places) come first. Every blessing praises God and prays for his gifts. In Christ, Christians are blessed by God the Father "with every spiritual blessing."175 This is why the Church imparts blessings by invoking the name of Jesus, usually while making the holy sign of the cross of Christ.

1672 Certain blessings have a lasting importance because they consecrate persons to God, or reserve objects and places for liturgical use. Among those blessings which are intended for persons - not to be confused with sacramental ordination - are the blessing of the abbot or abbess of a monastery, the consecration of virgins, the rite of religious profession and the blessing of certain ministries of the Church (readers, acolytes, catechists, etc.). the dedication or blessing of a church or an altar, the blessing of holy oils, vessels, and vestments, bells, etc., can be mentioned as examples of blessings that concern objects.

1673 When the Church asks publicly and authoritatively in the name of Jesus Christ that a person or object be protected against the power of the Evil One and withdrawn from his dominion, it is called exorcism. Jesus performed exorcisms and from him the Church has received the power and office of exorcizing.176 In a simple form, exorcism is performed at the celebration of Baptism. the solemn exorcism, called “a major exorcism,” can be performed only by a priest and with the permission of the bishop. the priest must proceed with prudence, strictly observing the rules established by the Church. Exorcism is directed at the expulsion of demons or to the liberation from demonic possession through the spiritual authority which Jesus entrusted to his Church. Illness, especially psychological illness, is a very different matter; treating this is the concern of medical science. Therefore, before an exorcism is performed, it is important to ascertain that one is dealing with the presence of the Evil One, and not an illness.177


PS yes you can sprinkle holy water yourself

You can pray a rosary with or without it being blessed. It’s the prayers, the intentions that count. A previous poster hit it on the nose when he said that sacramentals help with the disposition of the user.

When I asked my priest to bless a medal for me, he didn’t say “may this medal have power, ect.” He did it thusly, “May this medal strengthen and inspire its wearer for all spiritual needs, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, amen.”

That being said, blessings are real, and they have power…because God has power. Also, the devil hates blessed objects.

It takes a matter of seconds for a priest to bless something - I can’t see any priest resenting being asked for a few seconds of his time to do so.

I’ve had priests, even busy ones, bless ME sometimes as well as whatever object I was asking them to bless.

Any priest can bless those objects. You could definitely stop a priest after Mass (provided there is not a long line of people behind you waiting to leave and/or shake the priest’s hand). It only takes a minute.

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