From a reader…
Thanks for everything you do, your blog has been tremendously helpful over the years. My girlfriend and I are getting engaged soon and when we went ring shopping, our favorite one was previously owned. I want to make sure this kind of ring is safe to buy if I don’t know its history… is it likely that there are any harmful spiritual/demonic attachments, and if so, are there blessings and/or exorcisms that a parish priest could say in order to get rid of any harmful spiritual baggage? Or would it be better to choose a different ring? (This ring was far and away the most beautiful one we found, so we really don’t want to choose a different one). Thanks so much, God bless!
I am glad that you are aware of the possibility of bad influences from objects whose provenance is uncertain.
It seems to me that, once purchased, all you have to do is take the ring to a priest and ask him to bless it, preferably with the older, traditional Rituale Romanum and with Holy Water blessed with the traditional rite.
As a matter of fact… now that my memory storage disc is finally spinning up… there are both a traditional blessing for a wedding ring and a traditional Rite of Betrothal. It should be in the Rituale Romanum. I know it is in “Weller”. Also, Angelus Press has an handy printing/booklet for the betrothal rite.
In any event, get the ring blessed. No problem.
However, if it starts to spin around and you hear howling, drop your Harry Potter book and send me another email.