OLDIE ASK FATHER: St. Blaise Blessing from a laywoman

Posted February 3, 2017 12:55 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

OLDIE ASK FATHER:  St. Blaise Blessing from a laywoman

From a reader… ORIGINALLY 3 Feb 2016.
QUAERITUR:
Yet another weird anomaly for our Modernist parish is having laity assist the priest in blessing throats on St. Blaise’s Feast. The laymen make no “Sign of the Cross” at least, merely place the candles across the throat and repeat the prayer. Is it efficacious? I suppose NOT. And no, the priest and/or bishop will automatically dismiss complaints as “pharisaical”.
I have written about this before.
Traditionally this is unthinkable.
Thus, I don’t know what a “blessing” from a layperson does.  I don’t have to wonder much what a blessing from a priest does, all things being equal.
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