The Armchair Liturgist: Blessing Throats

armchair1.jpgTomorrow is the traditional observance for those strange-looking double candles. Our parish has a Saturday morning Mass and our “Sunday” observance at 4PM. How would you handle blessing throats?

Door number 1: It’s a silly superstition; let the real sick people get anointed. Otherwise, don’t bother.

Door number 2: It’s a good tradition. Let’s do it at all the Sunday Masses, too, so nobody feels left out.

Door number 3: Let’s do it after the Saturday Masses only, and only for the people who really want it.

Or perhaps you have a better door? If so, take the Big Chair and be a liturgy dictator on February 3rd.

Bay window #1: If you have a lot of people expecting a blessing, do you still stick with clergy only or do you permit lay people to use the spare candlesticks?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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4 Responses to The Armchair Liturgist: Blessing Throats

  1. Liam says:

    Door One: Silly and Stupid. One could spend a great deal of time unpacking the confusion lurking there.

    Door Two: Permissible; the Book of Blessings doesn’t restrict it to 2/3. Btw, if your parish has St. Blaise for a patron, you may transfer your patronal solemnity to Sunday (as such a solemnity trumps Sundays of Ordinary Time); if you don’t transfer it, your Saturday evening Mass propers must be for the patronal solmenity, not for Sunday.

    Door Three: “only for the people who really want it?” What’s *that* crap supposed to mean? Blessings are offered generously, not measured out in thimbles. More please, Mr. Bumble.

    Door Four: Offer it on Saturday and announce that in last Sunday’s bulletin. Shame if you didn’t.

    Bay Window One: Lay people may adminster the blessing in addition to clergy. If you have at several dozen receiving and only one cleric available, consider the option. Otherwise, I don’t see a need to rush it. Btw, this is a great ritual for deacons to offer and possibly arrange for.

  2. I did two things:

    After the Friday school Mass, I administered the blessing in the wholesale fashion — once for all. I realize that’s not so nice, but the Mass had gone awhile.

    Tomorrow, we’ll have the blessing after Mass (or at the end of Mass; I won’t be there, so I don’t know how the other priests will handle it. That’s up to them). Laypersons will assist. We won’t do it on Sunday.

    I did say all this in the bulletin.

  3. Anne says:

    Father administered a general blessing to all but an offer for a personal blessing as well. Maybe about half stayed for the traditional way. Lay people were recruited ahead of time to help and parishioners didn’t seem to mind approaching them.

  4. Tony says:

    1. When did we drop the potency of the intercession of saints in Catholic belief?

    2. Do it at Mass? Doesn’t belong in the liturgy.

    3. Do it after Sunday Masses. Father lined up both before and after Mass to administer the blessling.

    LOL!!!!! Extraordinary ministers of the candle blessing!!!! ROFL!!! So can lay people bless rosaries and scapulars in your church also? I’d be able to save a lot of time trying to hunt down father. I could have my wife do it for me.

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