[quote="GuaCatholico, post:1, topic:317622"]
A few days ago I got a medal of St. Benedict as a gift and until today I was able to get it blessed. I researched the proper way to bless it and got the prayer so the father could bless it properly. However, when I gave him the medal, he ignored the prayer sheet and just said a general blessing for the medal before I could correct him. I was in a hurry to tell him so I had to leave without the proper blessing.
Is the blessing for my medal still valid even though it wasn't blessed the way it was supposed to?
The rite of blessing of this type of medal also includes an exorcism and at one time was only authorized to be used by a Benedictine Priests. However, now it can be used to bless the items by any priest or deacon. I carry a copy of this Blessing in my bag with me so when someone asks me to bless an item and it happens to be Benedictine, I am prepared.
It is aggravating that some clergy members will not use the prescribed blessings. This happened once to me; I had a parishioner ask me to bless a brown scapular and help her consecrated to the scapular. Well, not knowing much about this at all, I deferred to the priest who was in the next room thinking "he would know how to handle this..." Little did I know that he would just simply wave his hand and say the sign of the cross and that was it. The lady looked at me like I was nuts.
Not sure who is authorized to handle the brown scapular issues.
PS. I always will differ to the priest if one is present with me, out of respect for the higher level of the hierarchy.