The blessing of religious articles


#1

For me it is very important to have religious articles I want to keep near me blessed. But around here this isn’t much done anymore. Of course the priest will do it but acts really surprised and you get the feeling he does it to humor you like you would a child. That’s why I don’t like to ask for it but I still do. My question is, is there a different kind of blessing for different articles? For example, when I want some medals and a cross blessed I attach them to a rosary I want to have blessed and afterwards remove them to put them on a chain to hang around my neck. I just love having something blessed to have on my person. It makes me feel closer to and more conscious of God. If I do it this way, are the medals and the cross properly blessed?

Thank you!


#2

Xandria,

Don’t worry if any priest seems surprised if you ask him to bless a religious article. It’s just that many people don’t think of these things today. Ask him anyway, as you do…as you will read, it is in accordance with the teachings of the Church…and he won’t refuse. If the rosary is blessed, all parts are blessed, but you can hand all to him at the same time without their being attached if you wish.

Sacramentals such as blessed medals, crosses, and rosaries are reminders of the Lord and His salvation, and our heavenly family. They inspire us and encourage to cooperate with graces of trust in God, and of prayer.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says:

'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).

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.”


#3

Thank you, that helps. I just feel better if I do it less noticeable. Once when I asked a priest to bless a couple of rosaries a woman overheard and loudly exclaimed: “Oh! How cute!!!” Not really something you like to hear and being labeled as when you’re over 20. :smiley:


#4

I have so many things blessed, my priest already knows what I want before I even say anything.

The only time I’ve gotten strange looks was when I asked our polish priest to bless something and he did it in his native tounge… It sounded pretty weird, and people around were looking as if he were performing an exorcism. lol.


#5

My original question is can the laity bless such things as a home alter? I asked my pastor if I should bring in the items that make up my home alter, and he said that if I was using it, then it was AUTOMATICALLY blessed. Huh??
I understand the person’s hesitancy in asking a priest to bless something. There are those priests who look at you like you just crawled out of a 1950 grave.
I have looked all over “hells half acre” for the book everybody talks about, the “Book of Blessings”. Oh yeah, try and find such a book. There are plenty of books on different blessings, but none of them tell you if you can do it yourself.
If anybody finds an answer, please drop me a line at: gyrene070@yahoo.com I would very much appreciate that. Thank you.


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