Blessings for Ordinary Things

The Church has many wonderful blessings to enrich and enhance our daily life. Every priest should have a copy of the 1962 Rituale Romanum, which contains these blessings, many of which were not carried over to the post-conciliar “Book of Blessings”. Or, if they were carried-over, they were often changed so drastically so as not actually to confer a blessing any longer, understood in the traditional way (i.e., a constitutive blessing). If your priest doesn’t have the 1962 Rituale Romanum, you can get a copy for him HERE.

Here is a list of “ordinary everyday items” that can be blessed, using a special prayer from the above-referenced book:

  • A home
  • Candles
  • Horses or other animals
  • A sick animal
  • A wheelchair
  • Medicine
  • Bread
  • Beer/Ale
  • Cheese/butter
  • Lard
  • Oil
  • Eggs
  • Fowl-meat
  • Grapes
  • Seed
  • Bells (which are not used in church)
  • Automobiles or other vehicles (e.g., motorcycles, three-wheelers, etc.)
  • Mountain-climbing equipment
  • A wedding ring (e.g., if you get a new one sometime after marriage)

Then there are the various blessings over people:

  • Over a mother after childbirth
  • Of an expectant mother
  • Of sick children
  • Of sick people in general/adults
  • Of pilgrims (e.g., who perhaps are going on the Camino or going to the March for Life)
  • Of children/of a child
  • Of an infant

These are just a selection of the blessings contained in the volume referenced above. There are many others in another volume, which once were reserved to religious orders but now are permitted to all priests. Many of these have to do with religious articles. The full three-volume set of the Rituale Romanum is found HERE.

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