From a reader…
Today I asked a priest to bless a green scapular. I had the package open for it to be taken out, but to my surprise the priest left it inside the plastic packaging, sprinkling the holy water on the outside.
Can the scapular be considered blessed even if the holy water did not touch it?
Green scapular, eh? Did you know that a parish in the Diocese of Madison, where we have had a couple of Pontifical Masses, was slated to be the Shrine of the Green Scapular? It was not to be.
First, let’s review. There are invocative blessings, by which we call down down God’s graces and blessings on a person. There are also constitutive blessings, by which we ask God to make a person, place or thing a blessed person, place or thing, that is, to rip it from the Prince of this world, and hand it over to the King. That’s, by the way, the distinction that the new and dreadful “Book of Blessings” sought to eliminate. But I digress.
Constitutive blessings have pretty good penetration power and great range, even in the vernacular. Yes, they can go through plastic wrappers and even boxes, as in the case of salt to be blessed or statues, etc. Holy Water is blessed inside a container, although in the older, traditional rite we open it to mix in blessed salt.
To give you an idea of penetration and range, I once blessed the entire 19th Precinct of Manhattan from an airplane flying up the East River, through the glass double window. Wow, right? I can assure you, it worked…. I think. I’m working on another plan to do a better job down the line.
You might compare the penetration of constitutive blessings to those great slow mo videos of bullets going through clear ballistic gel blocks.
For visual example of what the Devil feels when he gets hit with one of these bad boy blessings, imagine that your priest just used English and gave the blessing to that green scapular still in the package. That’s like a .22LR…
Not bad, right?
But wait! Here’s the Latin version, more like a .357 Magnum…
And there’s more.
Here’s the Latin version in cassock and stole while wearing the liturgical Beretta.
When a bishop consecrates something, for example a chalice or a bell, I suppose it would be like this a 12 gauge slug… although, come to think of it, it would unlikely for the chalice and the bell to be in boxes or wrappers… but who cares, it’s cool video!
So, what – you are by now asking – would an ordination to the priesthood do to the Devil?
Okay, maybe I’ve gotten a little off topic.
I’m ratcheted up right now because I’m visiting my mother, the retired cop, and celebrating her 83rd birthday. We went to the range this morning to try out her new 9mm Glock, as one does with one’s mom. She hasn’t really shot much since she retired in ’87, and she hasn’t ever shot anything but a light-weight .38sp snub revolver.
Results? Mag after mag she shot groupings like this:
And with the Viridian laser [HERE] engaged…
I’m pretty chuffed. Way to go Mom!
So, with that evidence I can assure you that your green scapular is blessed, even though it was still in the wrapper. My mother would agree.
And I’ll say to all the priests out there reading this:
Use the older, traditional Rituale Romanum and use Latin.
Make sure the Devil has a really bad day.