Jesus Christ took on human flesh, lived, taught, exorcized, suffered, died, rose from the dead and ascended to Heaven to destroy the devil’s kingdom and to establish His Kingdom on earth. This Kingdom is His Mystical Body the Catholic Church.
‘The consecrations and blessings of the Church are extensions and radiations of the sacraments. Their purpose, too, is Christ-life — building up of the Mystical Body into perfect stones to fit into the perfection of the Corner-Stone. They continue the work of the sacraments or prepare for their reception.
Baptism is followed by the sacramentals of holy water, the Sunday morning Asperges, the blessing of infants, of children.
Confirmation is extended in the blessing of a school, of a library, an archive, an ambulance, or in those sacramentals which have a relation to the functioning of the Spirit;s Gifts. The consecration of a monk or of a nun is patterned on Holy Orders.
Matrimony is followed by the blessing of the bridal-chamber, the blessing of an expectant mother, the act of churching, the blessing of a home, and the profusion of blessings for material things which are used in family life.
The sacrament of penance is extended in the sacramentals of the Confiteor, absolutions, the papal blessing in the hour of a Christian departure from this world, and exorcisms.
Extreme Unction has for its radiations the blessings for the sick, the blessing of sick pilgrims, blessing of wine, medicine, linens, the blessing of a corpse, of a grave.
Thus the sacramentals with lead up to or continue the grace of the sacraments. The various circumstances and conditions and material of life are consecrated, lest by their unsanctified state they prove to be obstacles in the way of sanctified humanity.’ The Roman Ritual Volume III pg. xii.
In the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist or Holy Sacrifice of the Mass we find the highest degree of God working to re-consecrate and sanctify His creation. At the Holy Mass the devil’s powers are destroyed and abundant graces are given to those who worthily participate in this Sacrament.
Through the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, Christ dwells in us and we in Him. He shares with us His Divinity so that, when we die, we live forever with Him.
He that eateth this bread, shall live for ever. John 6:59b.
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to have so many of these traditional exorcisms, sacramentals and blessings. How terrible that so much of the use of sacramentals and blessings are no longer used in the new rites.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.