Having a religious article re-blessed
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I have a St. Benedict's Medal which was blessed by my Novus Ordo pastor.  He did not use the regular blessing associated with the medal, but rather a general blessing for objects.  Is it inappropriate to have it re-blessed by a priest who will use the specific blessing?
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(09-25-2009, 07:52 PM)WhollyRoaminCatholic Wrote: I have a St. Benedict's Medal which was blessed by my Novus Ordo pastor.  He did not use the regular blessing associated with the medal, but rather a general blessing for objects.  Is it inappropriate to have it re-blessed by a priest who will use the specific blessing?

It is a different blessing, so that is fine to get it blessed with the different blessing regardless of the forms used.


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After I was confirmed, I handed Father my Scapular (which he barely recognized). He hit it with Holy Water and handed it to me (wouldn't even look at the enrollment directions that came with it). I still wear it every day, good thing I haven't died yet!
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(09-25-2009, 08:42 PM)DarkKnight Wrote: After I was confirmed, I handed Father my Scapular (which he barely recognized). He hit it with Holy Water and handed it to me (wouldn't even look at the enrollment directions that came with it). I still wear it every day, good thing I haven't died yet!

Did you get enrolled in the brown scapular? After that, you don't need to have any blessings done (although you can certainly get them, the scapular doesn't require them).
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Nah, I swung for the fences and went with the five-fold. My entire enrollment consisted of a soggy Scapular and "I bless this item in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
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(09-25-2009, 10:24 PM)DarkKnight Wrote: Nah, I swung for the fences and went with the five-fold. My entire enrollment consisted of a soggy Scapular and "I bless this item in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

While that might be valid, I would still recommend finding an orthodox priest (NO or Trad) who will use the proper blessing and enrollment from the Ritual.
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(09-25-2009, 10:42 PM)jovan66102 Wrote:
(09-25-2009, 10:24 PM)DarkKnight Wrote: Nah, I swung for the fences and went with the five-fold. My entire enrollment consisted of a soggy Scapular and "I bless this item in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

While that might be valid, I would still recommend finding an orthodox priest (NO or Trad) who will use the proper blessing and enrollment from the Ritual.
The fact that the blessing wasn't done to satisfy your standards of validity doesn't make the priest unorthodox. Do you know the exact conditions? I don't; I didn't see anything in the original post. Was it after Mass when the priest is standing by the door, still in his vestments? Not every priest has every blessing memorized - that's why there is a Book of Blessings. That doesn't make him unorthodox, it makes him human. People forget things, that's why we write things down. People are constantly thrusting Crucifixes, Rosaries, religious medals, statues, etc at my pastor after Mass to have him bless them. When we mentioned we bought a new car, our pastor offered to bless it, but first he dashed into the rectory to get his book and found a special one for cars. 

So, DarkKinight, what exactly transpired when you had this medal blessed? Did you ask Father to bless it? Or did you ask if he could do the special blessing? Or did you say "enroll"? Just the facts, please. You may change names to protect the innocent.
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DarkKnight said:

DarkKnight Wrote:After I was confirmed, I handed Father my Scapular (which he barely recognized). He hit it with Holy Water and handed it to me (wouldn't even look at the enrollment directions that came with it). I still wear it every day, good thing I haven't died yet!

So it is obvious that Father should have realised he wanted to be enrolled whether he used the word or not and since the Ritual form of the enrollment comes with every 5-way I've ever seen he needed neither to have the form memorised nor rush to find his ritual.
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(09-25-2009, 11:06 PM)jovan66102 Wrote: DarkKnight said:

DarkKnight Wrote:After I was confirmed, I handed Father my Scapular (which he barely recognized). He hit it with Holy Water and handed it to me (wouldn't even look at the enrollment directions that came with it). I still wear it every day, good thing I haven't died yet!

So it is obvious that Father should have realised he wanted to be enrolled whether he used the word or not and since the Ritual form of the enrollment comes with every 5-way I've ever seen he needed neither to have the form memorised nor rush to find his ritual.
No it's not obvious at all. Was this immediately after Confirmation, when the parish hall is full of people eating cake, drinking bitter coffee, and having their picture taken with Father? Was this on the steps after Mass a week later? We don't know. And your screen name isn't Dark Kinight, is it?
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With regard to the St. Benedict Medal, like a few objects, there is a particular blessing that should be used for these, ideally by a priest of the order which has a privilege to confer that blessing, but as a substitute any priest can usually do so.

If the form used is the general form it is not inappropriate to ask that priest or another to use the proper form.

Regarding the scapulars, most of these are not blessed objects. The person receiving the scapular is enrolled in the confraternity which is attached to the scapular, and then wears it as a privilege and duty of membership in that confraternity. The first scapular is usually blessed as part of the enrollment, but subsequent scapulars (at least for the Brown Scapular) are not blessed and there is no provision for the blessing of these replacements outside of the enrollment. A priest could bless it for you using the blessing for generic objects if you wished, but this is not necessary and usually is not done. I often have seen people who burn their old worn scapulars, thinking them blessed. They are not and they can be disposed of in any reasonable manner.
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