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I’ve always wondered what the Catholic Church means by “blessing,” especially in blessing objects. Does the object bear a new and real virtue?


Briefly, a blessing on an object is a prayer that praises God for the act of creating this object and implores that the object be used for his greater glory. The Catechism puts it this way:

Among sacramentals, blessings (of persons, meals, objects, and places) come first. Every blessing praises God and prays for his gifts. In Christ, Christians are blessed by God the Father "with every spiritual blessing." This is why the Church imparts blessings by invoking the name of Jesus, usually while making the holy sign of the cross of Christ. (CCC 1671)


  • I. Don’t know if this site is monitored by real people..I ask questions and never get answers.how can I get my husbands ashes blessed.

    • HeavenSent says:

      Not sure about a blessing, but he needs to be buried and put to rest.

    • Tracy says:

      Your husband’s ashes? If he had a Catholic funeral Mass his body was blessed with incense.

      • Patricia Patino says:

        And Holy Water during The Mass of Christian Burial! His cremated remains need to be buried as soon as possible. They should be reverenced as you would the dead body.

    • Dean Thomas says:

      Try going to a catholic church and ask the resident priest to bless them, but i must say if you husband is already ashes then you might want to ask him for a prayer intention for his soul, whats left of his mortal body is dead, his soul loves on.

    • Connie says:

      In a Catholic Christian burial, a funeral mass is celebrated officiated by a priest (casket or urn). This is the second stage, the first being a Vigil service (the day/night) before with or without a rosary. The third stage is the final blessing in the cemetery before the lowering of the casket. I hope this helps!

    • HMC says:

      I don’t think you can bless someone’s remains. When you have the funeral that is the final blessing.

    • Dorena Chang says:

      Never heard of this for Catholics For Catholics There’s a funeral mass only then the body is taken for cremstion then the ashes must be placed in a columbarium of a cemetery or some churches have areas where there is an area for urns to be placed My Parish has a columbarium.
      Catholics can not keep ashes at home or scatter them.

    • Rosario says:

      You can offer a Mass with his ashes present and then have them buried. You are not supported to keep them. They can also be placed in a nitch.

  • czechbookblues says:

    Hold a burial service-which is where the priest always gives God’s blessing-at the graveside.

  • Breena Grsham says:

    Can I get my Rosary Beads I got from Ireland be Blessed from a Priest at my Church?

  • El Aceite ,El Agua Bendita Y La Sal Son Sacramentales Poderosos Que Nos Defienden De Las Fuerzas Del Mal,Pero Solo Tienen Poder Cuando La Persona Que Los Husa Cree En Dios Y El Poder Que Dios Concede A Estos Sacramentales Sin Fe De Nada Te Vale Husarlos,Y El Demonio Sabe Muy Bien Quien Tiene Fe En Dios Y Quien No.

  • Douglas says:

    Carmella it is very important for Christians to receive Christian burial. Whether through physical interment /burial or cremation. It is vital to have the first Mass said for the repose of their soul.

  • Anthony Lau says:

    A senior parishioner approached the priest after the Mass requesting for the blessings of rosary and some other religious articles which she had just bought. Can the priest refused her and rebuked her why didn’t she hold up those articles during the Mass for blessings during the celebrant’s blessing before dismissal and which she has just attended? Are these two blessings, I.e. Blessings during the Mass and blessings of religious objects outside the Mass the same? I sincerely seek to be enlightened. Thanks

    • Connie says:

      The Blessing before the end of mass is for the people as a community. Blessings for religious objects, what we call sacramentals, is another kind of blessings and it’s usually outside of mass…not unless the priest was notified to do a blessing just for that (sacramentals) and is usually for a large group of it which the parishioners are asked to hold them up. Hope this helps!

  • Manny says:

    Does a priest need to be the one who does the blessing? My initial thought is ‘no’ as we bless our meal by saying grace before meals (?? Please correct me if my wording/thought process off track). Is there any difference between a blessing by a priest vs parishioner? E.g. Traditionally, having a priest over for a house blessing vs occupants praying/”blessing” the house themselves?

  • Andre says:

    We normally scatter the ashes at the sea or river. We say a prayer and scatter some flowers with it. In my community, I hardly see people burry or keep the dead ashes. It’s not common practice to burry or keep ashes in columbarium.Only a small percentage of people keep their loved one ashes in Columbarium, including Catholics.That’s even only temporally.

    • Colleen McCafferty says:

      Cremation is permitted in theCatholic Church, but ashes are never allowed to be kept or scattered. Ashes are to buried or placed in a columbarium.

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