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Blessing of St. Benedicts Medals
« on: December 01, 2013, 01:03:59 PM »
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  • I picked up two scapulars at the gift shop after Mass today, and they each had a St. Benedict's medal and a crucifix attached to them.  One of the scapulars is for my sister and the other is for me, because I gave mine to my brother when he told me that he had lost his.  After leaving, I realized that I really should have these medals blessed, because my sister might not take care of it herself after these items are in her possession.  So I went back to the chapel and looked for father.  He was nowhere to be found.  We did have a visiting priest there in community room, so I asked him to bless the medals and crucifixes.  He did the standard blessing.  I asked him, "Father, isn't there a special kind of blessing that is required for St. Benedict's medals?"  He said, "No, I don't think so.  These are blessed, so you're alright."

    I looked it up, because I didn't think that he was correct.  There is indeed a special blessing for these medals.  It ends with Holy Water being sprinkled on them.  I remembered that our previous priest had done this blessing when I asked him to bless St. Benedict's medals a few months ago.

    This leads me to my question.  Since the medals are now blessed, should I refrain from asking our regular priest to do the special blessing, and just give the medal to my sister with the scapular, when I see her later?  Or should I hold onto the medal and ask our priest to do the blessing?  Is it sinful to ask for an item to be blessed, if it has already been blessed, but not according to the proper formula?

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    Blessing of St. Benedicts Medals
    « Reply #1 on: December 01, 2013, 01:13:15 PM »
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  • No, it is not sinful.

    I've never heard of a traditional priest not knowing about the specific blessing for the medal. If he doesn't know that, I would question if the holy water is even blessed properly.

    Secondly, I've had a lot of St. Benedict medals blessed over the years. The blessing takes awhile, my memory is fuzzy but it can take 15 minutes upwards I've been told. I've always had the priest take them for the week and return them to me with the proper blessing which he has more time to do during the week. Sundays are an awfully busy day for priests. And yes, it does require holy water for the blessing, sometimes I would get a bag of medals back wet and I'd have to take them out to dry.


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    « Reply #2 on: December 01, 2013, 01:39:22 PM »
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  • He was an elderly priest, which made me even more confused.  Maybe he was one of the priests who was ordained in the new rite and converted later on.  I don't know.  He was only a visiting priest and he wasn't there to say Mass.  I don't think we have to worry about the Holy Water being real, because it would have been blessed by our regular priest.  I'll hold on to the medal and give my sister the scapular with the crucifix.  I will give them to Father next week and, like you said, I'll ask him to give them back to me after he has the time to do the blessing.

    15 minutes seems extreme though.  I found the blessing online and it looks like it should take 5 minutes at the very longest.  Here is what I found:

       
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    Medals of St. Benedict may be blessed by any priest (Instr. Sept. 26, 1964). The following English form may be used.

    Prayer:

    V. Our help is in the name of the Lord. R. Who made heaven and earth.

    In the name of God the Father + almighty, who made heaven and earth, the seas and all that is in them, I exorcise these medals against the power and attacks of the evil one. May all who use these medals devoutly be blessed with health of soul and body. In the name of the Father + almighty, of his Son + Jesus Christ our Lord, and of the Holy + Spirit the Paraclete, and in the love of the same Lord Jesus Christ who will come on the last day to judge the living and the dead, and the world by fire.

    R. Amen.

    Let us pray. Almighty God, the boundless source of all good things, we humbly, ask that, through the intercession of St. Benedict, you pour out your blessings + upon these medals. May those who use them devoutly and earnestly strive to perform good works be blessed by you with health of soul and body, the grace of a holy life, and remission of the temporal punishment due to sin. May they also, with the help of your merciful love, resist the temptations of the evil one and strive to exercise true charity and justice toward all, so that one day they may appear sinless and holy in your sight. This we ask through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

    The medals are then sprinkled with holy water.


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    « Reply #3 on: December 01, 2013, 01:50:09 PM »
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  • I once got rosary beads and a miraculous medal blessed by an Indult priest, and he read from a blessing book a long prayer in Latin, then used a small scoop thing to administer holy water to the item, then continued the prayer.
    He did the same separately for the other item.

    That is how the trad priests I know bless items.
    But the novus ordo just do the "bless n wave" as Frances calls it.

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    « Reply #4 on: December 01, 2013, 02:37:59 PM »
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  • Quote from: SoldierOfChrist
    He was an elderly priest, which made me even more confused.  Maybe he was one of the priests who was ordained in the new rite and converted later on.  I don't know.  He was only a visiting priest and he wasn't there to say Mass.  I don't think we have to worry about the Holy Water being real, because it would have been blessed by our regular priest.  I'll hold on to the medal and give my sister the scapular with the crucifix.  I will give them to Father next week and, like you said, I'll ask him to give them back to me after he has the time to do the blessing.

    15 minutes seems extreme though.  I found the blessing online and it looks like it should take 5 minutes at the very longest.  Here is what I found:

       
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    Medals of St. Benedict may be blessed by any priest (Instr. Sept. 26, 1964). The following English form may be used.

    Prayer:

    V. Our help is in the name of the Lord. R. Who made heaven and earth.

    In the name of God the Father + almighty, who made heaven and earth, the seas and all that is in them, I exorcise these medals against the power and attacks of the evil one. May all who use these medals devoutly be blessed with health of soul and body. In the name of the Father + almighty, of his Son + Jesus Christ our Lord, and of the Holy + Spirit the Paraclete, and in the love of the same Lord Jesus Christ who will come on the last day to judge the living and the dead, and the world by fire.

    R. Amen.

    Let us pray. Almighty God, the boundless source of all good things, we humbly, ask that, through the intercession of St. Benedict, you pour out your blessings + upon these medals. May those who use them devoutly and earnestly strive to perform good works be blessed by you with health of soul and body, the grace of a holy life, and remission of the temporal punishment due to sin. May they also, with the help of your merciful love, resist the temptations of the evil one and strive to exercise true charity and justice toward all, so that one day they may appear sinless and holy in your sight. This we ask through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

    The medals are then sprinkled with holy water.



    That is the "new blessing"

    The old one, I believe, is much more involved because there are exorcisms said and multiple prayers. It is a long blessing. And no 15 minutes is not extreme, it is time consuming.

    What you have listed above is not the same prayer most traditional priests use. Whatever formula that is, is not an exorcism, even though it mentions the word.


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    Blessing of St. Benedicts Medals
    « Reply #5 on: December 01, 2013, 04:43:11 PM »
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  • Don't St. Benedict medals have to be blessed by a Benedictine priest in order to receive the specific graces that are attached to them? I buy all my St. Benedict sacramentals from Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery.

    http://www.ourladyofguadalupemonastery.com/benedictinesacramentals.html

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    « Reply #6 on: December 01, 2013, 05:43:50 PM »
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    Don't St. Benedict medals have to be blessed by a Benedictine priest in order to receive the specific graces that are attached to them? I buy all my St. Benedict sacramentals from Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery.

    http://www.ourladyofguadalupemonastery.com/benedictinesacramentals.html


    Thanks for the link Solidus.  Very good to know.  I will use this in the future.


     

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