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Book of [Catholic] Blessings ^ | 1987 | Catholic Book of Blessings

Posted on 06/25/2009 7:34:44 PM PDT by Salvation

Book of Blessings

The Roman Ritual - 1987

Blessings for Parents, Children before Birth, after Birth,
Adopted Children, and for Engaged Couples

The official Book of Blessings contains over 800 pages of formal blessings that can be received upon request being made to a legal and moral priest (the highest form of blessing). The first listed is the Order for the Blessing of a Family. It is the first listed in Chapter 1 entitled: Orders for the Blessing of Families and Members of Families.

It is right that the Church give priority to the members of the faith and those directly associated with the faith. Families are given first priority, then in sequence; married couples, children, engaged couples, parents before childbirth, mothers before and after childbirth, parents after a miscarriage, parents and an adopted child, on birthdays, and elderly couples.

There are a total of 71 chapters that contain blessings to cover all worthy occasions and situations. Few Catholics are aware of the magnitude of the available blessings. Are catechists at fault for failing to teach about these blessings? Or, are they unaware of them because their pastors have not instructed them on there availability?

Can it properly be considered that the high usage of various forms of birth control and the practice of population control are at least in part the result of misinformation concerning the value to God of every human life from conception onward? Every conceived human has the potential for sharing eternal life with God whether born or unborn. Failure to be willing to bring the gift of life into existence must be considered as highly offensive to God. While dedicated spiritual service to God in the priesthood and religious life is highly valued, it is meaningless without the presence of treasured human beings increasing according to the primary command of God, "Be fertile and multiply." [Gn. 1:28]

Few women are aware (everything else being as it should) that their openness to pregnancy and subsequent nurturing of children is essential to their salvation [1 Tim 2:15] (this premise adheres to married women – sexually active women are morally required to be lawfully married. NOTE: a pregnancy apart from holy wedlock still produces a child that is expected to one day be with God in Heaven. Any sexual act between two humans not open to pregnancy, including the contraceptive mentality, is equated with the mortal sin of sodomy. This is also true of bestiality).

The failure of bishops to properly train their priests in the special blessings relating to pregnancy is a grave sin of omission. Women need to know that their service to God in the bearing and caring for children is of high value to God. Blessings relating to pregnancy and childbirth should give recognition to each woman during a prominent Sunday Mass on a regular monthly basis. The difficulties of pregnancy and the trials associated with the rearing of children should be openly seen for the value they have to God. For a righteous woman to knowingly give her life for the safe birth of her child, as not infrequently occurs in some parts of the world, may be associated with martyrdom.

The sacrament of baptism for a child is a separate occasion involving the whole family and should include both relatives and friends. Baptism is subsequent to pregnancy and is not a part of pregnancy even though it could not take place except subsequent to a pregnancy. Pregnancy itself should be seen as both notable and praiseworthy. It should be given value by God fearing people through blessings that give public recognition of importance.

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I got a question about a priest blessing you and so am posting this thread. Go to the site. You can click (next page) at the bottom of the page.
1 posted on 06/25/2009 7:34:45 PM PDT by Salvation
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Four pages of the alphabetical index
2 posted on 06/25/2009 7:38:13 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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[Short] History of Catholic Blessings

History of Catholic Blessings
  A blessing (from to bless, Old English bleodsian or bletsian) originally meant "sprinkling with blood" during the pagan sacrifices, the Blóts (reference: AHD).

A blessing, (also used to refer to bestowing of such) is the infusion of something with holiness, divine will, or one's hopes. Within Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and similar traditions, formal blessings of the church are performed by bishops, priests, and sometimes deacons, but as in many other religions, anyone may formally bless another. A curse at least in its most formal sense is the opposite of a blessing. Blessing is similar to charm.

In the Bible, blessings and curses are related; the book of Deuteronomy prescribes that obedience to the Torah brings God's blessing, while disobedience brings a curse. The Priestly Blessing is set forth at Numbers 6:24-26:

May the LORD bless you, and keep thee;
May the LORD make his face shine to upon you, and be gracious to you;
May the LORD turn his countenance to you and grant you peace.

This formula has been introduced into Roman Catholic worship as well. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus pronounces blessings on the poor, the humble, and the persecuted in the Beatitudes at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount.

Printed with permission from Catholic Expert.

3 posted on 06/25/2009 7:41:01 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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General Rules Concerning Blessings

General Rules Concerning Blessings

1. Any priest may confer the blessings of the Church, except those reserved to the Pope, to bishops, or to others.

* A reserved blessing which is conferred by a priest who does not have the required delegation is valid, but illicit, unless the Holy See has declared otherwise in the reservation.

* Deacons and lectors can give validly and licitly only those blessings expressly allowed by law.

2. Both constitutive and invocative blessings are invalid if the forms prescribed by the Church are not observed.

3. Blessings are designed primarily for Catholics, but may likewise be given to catechumens. Moreover, unless the Church expressly forbids, they may be imparted to non-Catholics to assist them in obtaining the light of faith, or together with it, bodily health.

4. Objects which have received the constitutive blessing should be treated reverently, and should never be put to profane or improper use, even though they may be personal possessions.

5. Blessings of the sacred appurtenances which, according to liturgical law, should be blessed before they are used, may be conferred by:

* cardinals and all bishops;

* an ordinary who is not a bishop, in the churches and oratories of his own province;

* a pastor in the churches and oratories located within the confines of his parish, and rectors of churches in their own churches;

* priests delegated thereto by the Ordinary of the place, subject to the extent of the delegation and the power of the one delegating;

* religious superiors and their priest subjects whom they delegate, in their own churches and oratories and in churches of nuns who are under their spiritual care.

* N.B. Rule No. 5 with its five parts is now obsolete in view of the new "Instruction" of September 26, 1964.

6. In every blessing outside of Mass the priest should be vested in surplice and stole of the color proper to the day, unless the rubrics prescribe otherwise.

7. The one who blesses should stand with head uncovered; and at the beginning of each blessing, unless otherwise stated, he says:

* V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
* R. Who made heaven and earth.
* V. The Lord be with you.
* R. May He also be with you.

* He then says the proper prayer or as many as are given.

* Lastly he sprinkles the object with holy water, and if called for, incenses it, without saying anything.

8. When a priest blesses he should be assisted by a server who holds the holy water and aspersory, and he should follow the Ritual or the Missal.

9. Care should be taken that during a blessing nothing indecorous is placed upon the altar, e.g., eatables. Things of this nature should be placed upon a table conveniently arranged.

Printed with permission from Catholic Expert.

4 posted on 06/25/2009 7:49:34 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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U.S. bishops approve new blessing for unborn children
5 posted on 06/25/2009 7:56:15 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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Ur dying here, dude.

How about a blessing for threads encouraging the faith?

I was raised in a protestant tradition, but the few blessings (laying on of hands) I ever got were after hours of discussion with the man that was going to bless my decision. Seems to me the request for a blessing should come BEFORE the irrevocable activity.

Pity the poor priest that has to catch up to whatever has happened, or decision made.


6 posted on 06/25/2009 8:12:26 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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**How about a blessing for threads encouraging the faith?**

A great idea. Have you read the prayer that you can say before logging onto the internet? (I’m serious!)

7 posted on 06/25/2009 8:52:19 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Salvation
No, (seriously) I have not. Is it one that you can print here and use to bless a non-Catholic with? If so, shoot it my way. Otherwise, post it on this thread anyway.

I doubt it would hurt me to read it.


8 posted on 06/25/2009 8:57:15 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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A Prayer before Logging onto the Internet-FR thread

And the Catholic version:

A prayer before logging onto the internet

Almighty and eternal God,who created us in Thine imageand bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful,especially in the divine person of Thine Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,grant, we beseech Thee,that, through the intercession of Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor,during our journeys through the internetwe will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter.Through Christ our Lord.


9 posted on 06/25/2009 9:43:49 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Salvation
Amen. Nothing wrong with that prayer.

Thanks, brother.


10 posted on 06/25/2009 9:52:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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Blessings of Travelers

Blessing of Travelers

617 The practice of having special prayers to ask for God's protection upon travelers, a custom often mentioned in the Bible, should be respected. The order of blessing presented in this chapter provides a model for such prayers, in order that this devout practice will continue to be observed.

This order may be used especially in the case of those who leave their country or home, even if only temporarily, to seek employment or for others who travel, for example, on holiday.

618 The present order may be used by a priest, a deacon, or a lay minister. While maintaining the structure and chief elements of the rite, the minister should adapt the celebration to the circumstances of the place and the people involved.

619 If just one traveler is to be blessed or a small group, the shorter rite provided in nos. 635-638 may be used.



620 When the community has gathered, the minister says: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

All make the sign of the cross and reply: Amen.

621 A minister who is a priest or deacon greets those present in the following or other suitable words, taken mainly from sacred Scripture. May the Lord, the dawn from on high who breaks upon us to guide our feet into the way of peace, be with you all.

All make the following or some other suitable reply. And also with you.

622 A lay minister greets those present in the following words. May the Lord turn his face toward us and guide our feet into the way of peace, now and for ever. R. Amen.

623 In the following or similar words, the minister prepares those present for the blessing. Let us entrust those who are leaving to the hands of the Lord. Let us pray that he will give them a prosperous journey and that as they travel they will praise him in all his creatures; that they will experience God's own goodness in the hospitality they receive and bring the Good News of salvation to all those they meet; that they will be courteous toward all; that they will greet the poor and afflicted with kindness and know how to comfort and help them.


624 A reader, another person present, or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture. Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the holy gospel according to Luke:

3:3-6 Make straight the path of the Lord. John the Baptist went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:

"A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

625 Or: Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the book of Deuteronomy:

6:4-9 Take to heart these words at home and abroad. "Hear, 0 Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone! Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today. Drill them into your children. Speak of them at home and abroad, whether you are busy or at rest. Bind them at your wrist as a sign and let them be as a pendant on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates."

626 Or: Genesis 12:1-9--Go forth to a land I will show you. Genesis 28:10-16--I am with you, I will protect you wherever you go. Tobit 5:17-22--May God in heaven protect you on the way and bring you back safe and sound. Luke 24:13-35--Jesus approached and began to walk with them. John 14:1-11--I am the way, the truth, and the life.

627 As circumstances suggest, one of the following responsorial psalms may be sung or said, or some other suitable song.

R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Psalm 23 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose; Beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul. He guides me in right paths for his name's sake. R.

Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side With your rod and your staff that give me courage. R.

You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. R.

Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for years to come. R.

Psalm 25:5-6, 9-10, 12-13 R. (v. 4) Teach me your ways, 0 Lord.

Psalm 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 R. (see v. 11) He has put his angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways.

628 As circumstances suggest, the minister may give those present a brief explanation of the biblical text, so that they may understand through faith the meaning of the celebration.


629 As circumstances suggest, the prayer of blessing may be preceded by the intercessions. The minister introduces them and an assisting minister or one of those present announces the intentions. From the following intentions those best suited to the occasion may be used or adapted, or other intentions that apply to the particular circumstances may be composed. The intentions are followed immediately by the prayer of blessing, no. 631.

The minister says: God is the beginning and the end of every road we take. In confidence we call upon him, saying:

R. Lord, watch over our every step.

Or: R. Lord, hear our prayer.

Assisting minister: Father all-holy, you gave us your only Son as our way to you; make us follow without faltering wherever he may lead. (For this we pray:) R.

Assisting minister: At every moment and in every place you are near to those who serve you; keep our brothers and sisters in your fatherly care, so that they will find that you are with them on their journey, even as they hope to live with you in heaven. (For this we pray:) R.

Assisting minister: Of old you made yourself the guide and the way for your people as they wandered in the desert; be our protector as we set out on this journey, so that we may return home safely. (For this we pray:) R.

Assisting minister: You made hospitality to strangers one of the signs of your coming kingdom; grant that all those who are homeless may find a permanent place to live. (For this we pray:) R.

630 When there are no intercessions, the minister, before the prayer of blessing and using the following or other similar words, invites those present to ask for God's help. Lord, teach us your ways: Lord, have mercy.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Minister: Lord, send help from your sanctuary: Lord, have mercy. R.

Minister: Lord, be our tower of strength: Lord, have mercy. R.

Minister: Lord, save your servants, for they hope in you: Lord, have mercy. R.

As circumstances suggest, all may then pray for a moment in silence before the prayer of blessing.


631 A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

A minister who is not going to accompany the travelers says the following prayer.

All-powerful and merciful God, you led the children of Israel on dry land, parting the waters of the sea; you guided the Magi to your Son by a star. Help these our brothers and sisters and give them a safe journey. Under your protection let them reach their destination and come at last to the eternal haven of salvation.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

632 A minister who is to accompany the travelers says the following prayer.

All-powerful and ever-living God, when Abraham left his own land and departed from his own people, you kept him safe all through his journey. Protect us, who also are your servants: walk by our side to help us; be our companion and our strength on the road and our refuge in every adversity. Lead us, O Lord, so that we will reach our destination in safety and happily return to our homes.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.


633 A minister who is a priest or deacon concludes the rite by saying: May the Lord remain constantly at your (our) side and in his mercy guide your (our) journey in ways that are pleasing to him.

We ask this though Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

Then he blesses all present. And may almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit. R. Amen.

634 A lay minister invokes God's blessing on the travelers and all present by signing himself or herself with the sign of the cross and saying: May almighty God bless us and hear our prayers for a safe journey. R. Amen.


635 The minister says: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All reply: Who made heaven and earth.

636 One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Tobit 4:19a At all times bless the Lord God, and ask him to make all your paths straight and to grant success to all your endeavors and plans.

John 14:6 Jesus said: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

637 Then the minister says the prayer of blessing. All-powerful and ever-living God, when Abraham left his own land and departed from his own people, you kept him safe all through his journey. Protect us, who also are your servants: walk by our side to help us; be our companion and our strength on the road and our refuge in every adversity. Lead us, O Lord, so that we will reach our destination in safety and happily return to our homes.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

638 Or:

May God bless you with every heavenly blessing and give you a safe journey; wherever life leads you, may you may find him there to protect you.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

Prayer Source: Book of Blessings by Prepared by International Commission on English in the Liturgy A Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops' Conferences, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1989

11 posted on 06/28/2009 8:34:22 AM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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