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ASK FATHER: Text for 1st Blessing by a new priest (… same as blessing by an old priest)

QUAERITUR: Every year this comes up.  I get questions about the Latin form of blessing to be given by new priests. There is no need to throw in all sorts of other ingredients as if those to be blessed were … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can lectors still bless bread?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: We have lector and acolyte installations today and tomorrow here at the seminary. Some of us got into a debate about whether or not the old provision for lectors to bless bread and acolytes to bless … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest’s blessings by telephone

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I know of a priest who imparts blessings over the telephone. Is this valid? The Holy Father has the authority to impart a blessing by means of electronic transmission. The faithful, who are unable to be present … Continue reading

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JUST TOO COOL: Feast of the Transfiguration – special blessing of grapes

Go buy some grapes and take them to the priest  for the Feast of the Transfiguration (tomorrow, 6 August), with a page from the Rituale Romanum (go to p. 345 – Benedictio uvarum), or cut and paste the English text … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Forms of 1st blessings by new priests

I’ve had a couple emails lately with questions about forms or texts of blessings by priests.  ‘Tis the season: new priests are darting about, leaving whiffs of still-fresh chrism in their wakes, imparting “first blessings”.  As it turns out, I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What can deacons bless?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I recently witnessed our parish deacon blessing an image of St. Francis. Do deacons have the power of blessing images. And if not, does the image to be “re-blessed” by a priest? Given that this is the season … Continue reading

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Indulgences, blessings for a priest’s First Mass – ATTENTION BISHOPS & ORDINANDS! ACTION ITEM!

Here is something useful from Ed “the academic” Peters. NOTE TO BISHOPS and ORDINANDS: It would be great were you to make this known to people before the opportunity has passed!  Consider putting a note about this things in the … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Blessing chickens

From a reader: I’m planning on hatching chickens in the next couple of weeks. I’m using shipped eggs which have a higher mortality rate from being through the mail system. (but I simply can’t get what I want locally) Is … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Rituale Romanum from Nova et Vetera

The nice people at Nova et Vetera sent me an edition of their reprint of the Rituale Romanum. Their site says:  This is the first edition of the Rituale Romanum since 1957. It is based upon the last Editio typica … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: During Mass, whole congregation told to raise hands to bless people

From a reader: At Mass today the congregation was asked to raise their hands in blessing over members that are celebrating an anniversary in Sept. I can’t find anything in the GIRM that addresses raising our hands in blessing at … Continue reading

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