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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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REMINDER of Seasonal Blessing: Assumption – Blessing of Herbs (and HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION)

Just a quick note to remind you that in the Rituale Romanum there is for the feast of the Assumption a special blessing of herbs and flowers. Click HERE for more. And the Assumption is, this year at least, a Holy … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Is water blessed with the newer rites really holy water?

From a reader: I’ve heard it claimed that holy water blessed via the new rite isn’t true holy water since the new rite doesn’t include prayers of exorcism; in other words, according to the person telling me this, such water is merely “blessed … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: A Baptist going up for a blessing during Communion time

Please use the sharing buttons! From a reader: I am a Southern Baptist woman ( born and raised). I have been listening to EWTN For a year and attending Mass since Christmas. I had not gone down for a blessing … Continue reading

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A priest on giving blessings at Communion time

I have in the past written about the wide-spread practice of giving blessings during Communion time. This is not to be done, because it is outside what is prescribed at this very important moment during holy Mass. Of course this … Continue reading

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WDTPRS POLL: 3 February St. Blaise Day Blessing of Throats

Our liturgical calendar is packed with wonderful opportunties for spiritual benefits. Today there is a special blessing for candles (not just yesterday!) in honor of St. Blaise and then a blessing of throats. I once stood for hours in the … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Getting a blessing at Communion time. Fr. Z rants.

From a reader: We hope to bring 2 children (extended family) to Mass on Christmas Eve. They have not been baptized. QUAERITUR: Are unbaptized children allowed to go up to Communion with their arms crossed and receive a blessing? What … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can EMCHs give “blessings”?

From a reader: At Mass this morning, at least one of the EMs was ‘blessing’ children as they came forward. My understanding was that only priests could give blessings. We are a parish with 2 priests covering 3 churches, plus … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Before Mass ended the congregation blessed the priest

From a reader: On Priesthood Sunday just before Mass ended, the resident nun took to the ambo and asked the congregation to extend their hands to bless the priest. She then led a fairly lengthy blessing. My wife and I were uncomfortable with … Continue reading

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D. of Madison’s newspaper’s explanation of EMHC’s giving blessings as if they were priests

In The Catholic Herald of the Diocese of Madison, where the great Bishop Robert Morlino exercises oversight, there is a great article on an issue we have addressed here many times: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion giving blessings to non-communicants … Continue reading

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Sweet Basil and the Holy Cross

An Orthodox priest reader sent some photos of their tradition using sweet basil on their observance of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  Here are three. Great tradition. I didn’t get around to posting about the basil … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Selling a rosary and other sacred things

Several readers have sent similar questions about the selling of sacred things.  I will simply answer rather than post excerpts of the questions. Let’s start with the most sacred of all, the Eucharist.  Selling the Eucharist would be a terrible … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Deacons and blessings with the traditional Roman Ritual

From a deacon reader: I very much enjoy your blog! You have written much on the power and effectiveness of Holy Water blessed according to the old rite (which includes salt) [NB: I don’t believe I have ever written that … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: St Blaise blessing but not on 3 Feb

From a reader: Our priest mentioned on Sunday that they will administer the traditional St. Blaise Blessing at the 8am mass today. He also noted that since many of us travel great distances and may not be able to attend, … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: EMCHs and people who want blessings

From a reader: In our large parish, I serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Yes, I know, there are preferred ways of approaching the distribution of the Eucharist, and this is not ideal. However, I feel as long … Continue reading

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