What do I do with blessed things?

Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

As many of you know there are many devotions and actions of the Church that have developed over time and that now are regulated by rules from a source that we call the Code of Canon Law.  These rules help us understand more clearly what is important, and why it is important, and then safeguards important things with types of guardrails.

One of the many questions that priests often receive is “What do I do with items that have been blessed?”  So many times after Mass many of you ask for images, rosaries, water, etc., to be blessed.  We call this a sacramental, a means of grace, and these items are no longer for general use, but now dedicated to the service of God.  We no longer use this cord with wood or plastic on it (rosary) to hit our brothers and sisters when we are angry or spin like a windmill.  Nor do we use this water, now blessed, to wash our cars for example.  It has a very particular use and dedication now.

As these things are now different in their destined purpose and use, so too, they now have a different way of being disposed of when no longer usable.  We don’t throw them in the trash or flush them down the toilet or sink like we would things of the world.  Now, we return them in a dignified way to their origin, we either burn them and bury the ashes, or just straight bury them.  Many families of old would often bury old broken rosaries in the hole they would make to place a new plant or tree.  May it bear much holy fruit!

If you are a rule follower, you can google Canon Law #1171, or google some of the writings on the subject from the Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship in the Vatican.

We are talking about building a permanent little unusable blessed object repository somewhere on campus for people to leave things, so if you are a carpenter and want to donate some time to the parish, let me know! 

 

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