ASK FATHER: Blessing objects through plastic wrapper, box, etc.

Posted March 15, 2018 4:55 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: Blessing objects through plastic wrapper, box, etc.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Today I asked a priest to bless a green scapular. I had the package open for it to be taken out, but to my surprise the priest left it inside the plastic packaging, sprinkling the holy water on the outside.
Can the scapular be considered blessed even if the holy water did not touch it?
Green scapular, eh?  Did you know that a parish in the Diocese of Madison, where we have had a couple of Pontifical Masses, was slated to be the Shrine of the Green Scapular?  It was not to be.
First, let’s review. There are invocative blessings, by which we call down

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