Does a rosary have to be blessed?

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Does a rosary have to be blessed?
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Tue, 11-25-2008 - 7:57am
My students are making knot twine rosaries. I have been told that Rosaries no longer need to be blessed by a priest because the first time you say a Rosary on it, it automatically 'becomes' blessed. Is this true? (so confused)

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Feb 09 Siggy

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Tue, 11-25-2008 - 8:20am

No they don't have to be blessed.


I enjoy the feeling of the twine rosaries.

 
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Tue, 11-25-2008 - 1:23pm

Rosaries are not required to be blessed (but it is good to do that whenever possible). They don't "automatically" become blessed with use - still it's quite ok to use a non blessed rosary.


That's so neat that your

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Wed, 11-26-2008 - 9:19am
I've never heard that before.
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Wed, 11-26-2008 - 1:59pm

How nice that they're making cord rosaries. I have a friend who makes them and has given me four of them. I gave one to each of my three kids and one to my Protestant best friend who asked me for a rosary.

A rosary is just an aid to prayer - you could, of course, say the rosary while counting on your fingers. ;) If you want to have a rosary or other sacramental blessed by a priest, you may, but it doesn't change the effectiveness of your prayer.

Keep in mind that an object that's been blessed by a priest should only be disposed of in certain ways, e.g. buried or burned, rather than thrown out (that includes your palm branches!). I think there's also a certain reverence that should be shown to those objects. Therefore, while I've had some rosaries blessed, I didn't have my kids' baby rosaries blessed. If they're going to end up on the floor or in a child's mouth, I don't think that's appropriate!

Here's a funny question: I have a prayer shawl that was blessed. Can I wash it? So far I haven't!

Kelly

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Thu, 11-27-2008 - 10:44am

Good point about the kids! These are 10 year-olds, so I will probably give them the option of having theirs blessed or not. Each student is making a Rosary for themselves (so they have one when we pray together and for Adoration), and many of them are making them as Christmas gifts for their families. :)

I am hoping to get some of them to make them to donate to soldiers, hospitals, nursing homes, etc, so I wanted to know what exactly I needed to do to make sure that I followed correct procedures.

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Feb 09 Siggy