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Blessed Salt
« on: March 16, 2019, 04:17:33 PM »
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  • Hi, Would anyone here happen to know a prayer that is used when using the sacramental, blessed salt? I use it for blessing the property and in cooking. Thanks.

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    Re: Blessed Salt
    « Reply #2 on: March 16, 2019, 10:56:09 PM »
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  • How is blessed salt used? 

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    Re: Blessed Salt
    « Reply #3 on: March 17, 2019, 02:18:03 AM »
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    There is a renewed interest today in the ancient sacramental of blessed salt, especially by charismatics, in healing and deliverance situations, etc. To understand its proper use and its efficacy, it would be helpful to review the Scriptural symbolism and its history, since Vatican II urges us to participate “intelligently and actively” in the use of sacramentals, just as in the use of Sacraments. 

    Salt in the ancient world was a precious commodity (even monopolized by the royalty in Egypt and Persia). Roman soldiers were partially paid with packets of salt (“sal” in Latin); this was the origin of our word “salary” and of phrases like “worth his salt,” etc. Being costly, it was an appropriate offering to God as a “covenant of salt” (Lev. 2: 13; II Chron. 13:5; Num. 18:19) used in sacrifices by the Isrealites (Ezek. 43:24) and for the accompanying sacrificial meal (Gen. 31:54).
    Belief in its preservative and healing properties led to its use to dry and harden the skin of newborns (Ezek. 16:4) and to prevent umbilical cord infection. Used for 3500 years to preserve meats from deterioration, it became a symbol of preservation and spiritual incorruptibility that was to characterize anyone offering sacrificial worship. Shared at the sacrificial meal, salt became a symbol of friendship and hospitality, a custom-symbol still used today in Arab culture. 

    Jesus referred to this salt-symbolized friendship covenant in Mark 9:50: “Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another”–that is, “preserve that quality (flavor) that makes you a blessing to one another.” (Note the double symbol of preservation and flavoring.) 

    This double primary symbolization is also found in Paul’s advice in Col. 4:6:”Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” That is, let it be wholesome and savory, preserved from the corrupting conversation of worldlings (3:8 and Eph 4:29). (His use of the word salt may also have referred to another of its symbols: spiritual wisdom, since the Latin word for savor or taste, “sapientia”, is the same as for wisdom.) 

    Some or all of these symbols may have been implied in Jesus’ words to his chosen ones, describing them as the “salt of the earth” (Matt. 5:13). He especially indicated that they were to oppose the world’s corruption, reminding them that, as salt must preserve its own anti-corruptive quality, they too must preserve their anti-corruptive influence in a sin-corrupted world. (See Luke 14:34).
    The blessing promised by God on food and water, as well as the prevention of miscarriages and agricultural catastrophes (Exod. 23:25-26) was extended by God through Elisha in Jericho (II Kings 2:20-21), when he was inspired to put salt into the contaminated water. Adding salt to already brackish water to decontaminate it, made the miracle all the more impressive, since one would expect the opposite effect. This first miracle of Elisha is the primary Scriptural basis for the sacramental use of blessed salt today, as the Roman Ritual indicates. 

    As a Catholic sacramental, salt blessed by the liturgical prayer of a priest may be used by itself, unmixed, as in exorcisms, and [formerly in the exorcistic prayer at baptism]**, or it may be mixed with water to make holy water, as the Ritual prescribes (reminiscent of Elisha’s miracle). In whichever form, it is intended to be an instrument of grace to preserve one from the corruption of evil occurring as sin, sickness, demonic influence, etc.
    As in the case of all sacramentals, its power comes not from the sign itself, but by means of the Church’s official (liturgical, not private) prayer of blessing–a power the Church derives from Christ himself (see Matt. 16:19 and 18:18). As the Vatican II document on the Liturgy states (art. 61), both Sacraments and sacramentals sanctify us, not of themselves, but by power flowing from the redemptive act of Jesus, elicited by the Church’s intercession to be directed through those external signs and elements. Hence sacramentals like blessed salt, holy water, medals, etc. are not to be used superstitiously as having self-contained power, but as “focus-points” funneling one’s faith toward Jesus, just as a flag is used as a “focus-point” of patriotism, or as handkerchiefs were used to focus faith for healing and deliverance by Paul (Acts 19:12). 
    Thus used non-superstitiously, modest amounts of salt may be sprinkled in one’s bedroom, or across thresholds to prevent burglary, in cars for safety, etc. A few grains in drinking water or used in cooking or as food seasoning often bring astonishing spiritual and physical benefits, as I have personally witnessed many  times. As with the use of Sacraments, much depends on the faith and devotion of the person using salt or any sacramental. This faith must be Jesus-centered, as was the faith of the blind man in John 9; he had faith in Jesus, not in the mud and spittle used by Jesus to heal him. 

    In light of this, we can see why Vatican II states that “there is hardly any proper use of material things which cannot thus be directed toward the sanctification of persons and the praise of God.” (art. 61 of Liturgy document). Hence new sacramentals may also be added when rituals are revised (art. 79). Blessed salt is  certainly not a new sacramental, but the Holy Spirit seems to be leading many to a new interest in its remarkable power as an instrument of grace and healing. 

    Any amount of salt may be presented to a priest for his blessing, using the following official prayer from the Roman Ritual:   
    “Almighty God, we ask you to bless this salt, as once you blessed the salt 
    scattered over the water by the prophet Elisha. Wherever this salt (and water) is 
    sprinkled, drive away the power of evil, and protect us always by the presence of 
    your Holy Spirit. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.” 

    by Rev. John H. Hampsch C.M.F. 

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    Re: Blessed Salt
    « Reply #4 on: March 17, 2019, 12:24:21 PM »
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  • Just a personal story that may be edifying and may fit well with the topic of Blessed Salt.

    Many years ago, we moved into a house in Ohio.  It turns out the house had many disturbances, everything from apparitions, voices, noises, evil feelings, objects moving, shadow "people", orbs, etc.   It was VERY active.  In fact, I don't think a day went by without something happening.   At the time we were "conservative Novus Ordo", and naturally got some holy water from our local parish.  The Holy Water was blessed with the new blessing, and consequently didn't have any exorcisms attached.  It would help a little, but actually seemed to irritate the demons.  It was my job to go around the house each evening and sprinkle the Holy Water in every room.  One day I forgot and went to bed.  Just as I was laying down to sleep, my bed started shaking violently.  At first I thought it was my brother, but he wasn't even in the room.  

    I never forgot again.

    We had the priest come down and bless the house.  He was ordained in 1947, but used the new formula for the blessing.  It was entirely ineffective.

    We went to a conference where a semi-trad priest (who would say the NO in Latin and the Traditional Mass alternatively) gave a talk on Blessed Salt.  He had a number of containers of salt on a table at the front of the conference room.  Following his talk, he blessed/exorcised the salt according to the traditional formula, with the intention of distributing it to the families there.  We eagerly grabbed a container and, the moment we got back to the house, sprinkled a healthy helping of blessed salt in the four corners of each room.

    Immediate relief.  Everything stopped.  It was blissfully peaceful for many months afterwards.

    The family went on a road trip the next year, and my aunt remained at home by herself.  While we were gone, bless her heart, she decided to do a deep clean of the house.  Out came the shop vac, and she proceeded to "clean" all the baseboards, corners, etc., of every room.

    The same night, she called us in a state of panic.  The house had "come alive" again, and was even worse than before.  My father instructed her to get the blessed salt from the closet and replace the salt she had vacuumed up.  Again, relief.

    It is potent stuff.

    Confiteor unum baptisma in remissionem peccatorum. - Nicene Creed


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