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Does a new rosary have to be blessed?

Does a new rosary have to blessed by a priest, before it can be prayed with? What happens if the rosary CAN'T be blessed?


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No, it doesn't have to ever be blessed. Of course, if you can have it blesses, that is only a good thing, but it's not like Mary and Christ will suddenly ignore any prayers made on a unblessed rosary.

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Some blessings exorcise an object and all blessings place a prayer on an object to consecrate toward a purpose. A blessing is a powerful assist. but the lack of a blessing does not prevent us from using an object towards a holy purpose. We are meant to use everything in our possession for love of God be they blessed or unblessed. Certainly we do not stop using a thing because it is unblessed or we would never get much of anything done. So their is no sin or error or foolishness in using a rosary you have yet been unable to have blessed. but if you have one that is blessed there is a benefit to that that the other can not provide.
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Does a new rosary have to blessed by a priest, before it can be prayed with?

[quote=teresapartridge;56505643]Does a new rosary have to blessed by a priest, before it can be prayed with? What happens if the rosary CAN'T be blessed?

Yes, you should have your rosary blessed by a priest, but you can still use it until you get it blessed. The following is a little information as to why we should have such items blessed.

What is a Sacramental?

Sacramentals are those rites, actions (such as prayers) and objects (rosary) which the Church uses to obtain for us, from God, spiritual and temporal favors. Several common examples of blessed objects which are sacraments would be holy water, rosaries, the brown scapular, crucifixes, etc. They are called sacramentals because in some way they resemble the Sacraments. What makes them very special is that they have the blessing of the priest.

“One of the most remarkable effects of sacramentals is the virtue to drive away evil spirits whose mysterious and baleful operations affect sometimes the physical activity of man. To combat this occult power the Church has recourse to exorcism, and sacramentals" (The Catholic Encyclopedia., 1913, VXIII, p. 293).

These blessed objects, If used in accordance with the mind of the Church, are the means of receiving actual grace to do good and avoid evil, of protection of soul and body, and the remission of venial sin.

Every Catholic should carry a rosary with him/her, and wear a scapular. Also, every Catholic home should display images of Our Lord, and Our Lady, and have a crucifix on the wall.

Hope this helps.


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Originally Posted by teresapartridge View Post
Does a new rosary have to blessed by a priest, before it can be prayed with? What happens if the rosary CAN'T be blessed?


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Only if you want the indulgence does it need to be blessed. You can pray it and reap the grace from it as you can from any prayer and not have it blessed. But if you want the indulgence, then have it blessed.

and you do not need beads to pray it even. Its prayer, not a magic bullet.

Now, there is the issue of blessing objects around you or in your home to send the devil to flight if he is harassing you... That would be another benefit to having it blessed.
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Isn't it true that anyone can bless an ordinary object, e.g. a car, but a priests blessings are to be preferred?
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No. I heard we think that mistakenly. Only priests and Deacons can bless objects. We can say "God bless you" but it's not the same blessing as a priestly blessing that only a priest can give.

we can sprinkle holy water on stuff but it's not considered a blessed object, consecrated, or set apart for God's use.

We can ward off evil with the use of Holy water and salt.
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Isn't it true that anyone can bless an ordinary object, e.g. a car, but a priests blessings are to be preferred?
No. We can, of course, ask God to bless our food and such.

A father can also bless his children. This is shown Scripturally when Isaac imparts his blessing to Jacob. This is because fathers have a certain authority over their children.

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