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 Post subject: Blessing of Religious Articles
PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:42 pm 
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When blessing religious articles, are there particular rubrics priests are bound by? I know they probably can't use the old form in the vernacular (given the answers I got when I asked this last).

But can a priest generally use the current short formula? It says "in special circumstances".

Also...I've had priests just wave the side of the cross over stuff I wanted blessed. Is that legit or contrary to the current norms?


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 Post subject: Re: Blessing of Religious Articles
PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 6:35 am 
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When blessing religious articles, are there particular rubrics priests are bound by? I know they probably can't use the old form in the vernacular (given the answers I got when I asked this last).

Hmmm, I thought the old Book of Blessings was published in the vernacular.

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 Post subject: Re: Blessing of Religious Articles
PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:59 am 
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Based on the answers I got from Fr. and PED, it was translated in English, but it's questionable whether it's licit to use the 1962 blessings. And I imagine some priests who celebrate the ordinary form may not be comfortable with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Blessing of Religious Articles
PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:03 am 
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There are difficulties with the new Book of Blessings though, in that at least some cases, the "blessing" doesn't bless the actual object, but purports to bless those who use it.

The other thing is that -- with a couple of exceptions maybe? -- there aren't any indulgences now to praying with a blessed sacramental.

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 Post subject: Re: Blessing of Religious Articles
PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:55 pm 
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You're right.

I had rosaries blessed last week (the priest did it in Polish), and according to this, the rite of blessing goes as follows,

Quote:
Blessed be our God and Father,
who has given us the mysteries of his Son
to be pondered with devotion
and celebrated with faith.
May he grant us, his faithful people,
that by praying the rosary we may,
with Mary, the Mother of Jesus,
seek to keep his joys, sorrows,
and glories in our minds and hearts.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

or

In memory of the mysteries
of the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord
and in honor of the Virgin Mary,
Mother of Christ and Mother of the Church,
may those who devoutly use this rosary
to pray be blessed,
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, +
and of the Holy Spirit. R. Amen.

Interestingly though, the short form directly makes reference to blessing the object,

Quote:
May this rosary and the one who uses it be blessed, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. R. Amen.

It says that it's used "In special circumstances", so I wonder if it can be used licitly if I just ask the priest to.

I have a hunch though that the sign of the cross over the object is enough to constitute or signify a blessing. I could be wrong..

I hate having these types of anxieties. I'll be thinking about this for days.


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