Seminarians Take Note: First Blessings

Me giving my blessing to Bishop Baker seven years and one day ago, after he ordained me.

Me giving my blessing to Bishop Baker seven years and one day ago, after he ordained me.

Seminarians who are preparing for ordination often wonder about how to give their first priestly blessings, both after their ordination and First Masses, and in other situations where people approach them – usually during the first year especially (for which, incidentally, there is NO plenary indulgence, contrary to popular opinion).

The great Fr. Hunwicke offers a very fine suggestion in this regard. Here is the Latin version:

Per impositionem manuum mearum sacerdotalium et per intercessionem beatae Mariae semper Virginis, Sancti N. et omnium Sanctorum, omni benedictione caelesti atque terrestri benedicat te Omnipotens Deus, Pater, et Filius, et Spiritus Sanctus. Amen.

See his blog for the full article and the English version.

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3 Responses to Seminarians Take Note: First Blessings

  1. hashtagcatholic says:


  2. Carolyn says:

    Ad multos annos! Congratulations on 7 years (and one day)! Also, I too heard of the supposed plenary indulgence for the blessings given by new priests…was there something in a canon that was mistakenly applied or where do you suppose that came from? I’m sure with the ordinations going on this will be a topic of conversation and I’d love to share more about this with people who bring it up!

    • There was a grant given in 1964 (or thereabouts) providing for an indulgence for first blessings, but the new Enchiridion of Indulgences (of a few years later) abrogated all previous privileges unless specifically mentioned otherwise. Priests can request a special indulgence from the Penitentiary in this regard (I can do a post about this later, possibly), and also, there is an indulgence in the new Enchiridion for the First Mass. I don’t have this stuff in front of me right now so I can only speak in generalities. I think Fr. Z has posted about it before.

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