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Book of Blessings: Ritual Edition (Roman Ritual) Hardcover – November 1, 1989


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  • Series: Roman Ritual
  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press; Ritual ed edition (November 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814618758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814618752
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 7.4 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By lfratan@acad.udallas.edu on May 18, 2000
This is the official English translation of the Latin "De Benedictionibus" and is the authorized text for Roman Catholic blessings. Some things deserve mention beyond these basic facts, however. In practice I do not see this book receiving widespread use. It will surely be used for those occasions when a bishop blesses a new organ or set of bells for a parish, or when ministers are installed for service...but when an elderly woman wants her rosary beads blessed, I doubt whether any priest will celebrate a Liturgy of the Word with optional singing and general intercessions. Also, scanning these prayers of blessing one often wonders exactly when the objects are blessed...there is a lot of talking about blessing but not much actual explicit blessing...many of the prayers of the former Roman Ritual for blessing were far better from the literary sense and actually conveyed to lay people without a theological training in blessings the idea that their cars-bibles-crosses were actually being blessed.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Scanlon VINE VOICE on November 5, 2007
This excellent source for various blessings finds its best and most canonically appropriate usage in the hands of ordained clergy rather than the layperson. In this way it resembles such liturgical works as the Lectionary and the full Roman Missal, books which would find little valid and appropriate application within the family. A far more useful book for the home is of course the excellent new edition of the Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers.

The Scriptural passages quoted in this 800 page source of various Catholic Blessings published by the Benedictines of the Liturgical Press in Collegeville MN in 1989 come from the New American Bible with Revised New Testament published by the CCD in 1986. Other sources are the various rituals and books of prayer from the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), as well as the 1973 edition of the Roman Missal.

The Blessings are divided into six parts, plus appendices for the installation of a pastor and of solemn blessings and prayers over the people. I often wonder whether some reviewers have seen completely a text, as we read reviews here which both lament the absence of blessings for objects, and those who find too many. Kindly permit me therefore to as briefly as possible sum up the enormous wealth of blessing herein contained.

Part One contains blessings for persons including various blessings for families, from engagement through elderly confined at home, including childbirth and miscarriage and adoption, as well as for children, sons and daughters.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2001
The Book of Blessings (BB) contains a great many blessings for various ocassions, including: birthday blessings, blessing of mothers before/after childbirth, blessing of animals, blessing of mothers/fathers/families, blessing of liturgical/pastoral ministers etc. This great resource recalls the Catholic tradition that God has touched every moment of our lives by his incarnation, and that we are called to be people of blessing.
BB actually highlights the Church's teachings that objects are blessed for the benefit of the people by the way the blessings are structured. The focus is not so much on the object, but on the people who will benefit from the use of the objects, thus emphasizing the faith of the Church that all things are created for the good of human beings. The overt focus on the liturgy of the word might hamper its use at certain ocassions though, and guidelines for the adaptation of rites to particular circumstances could be provided in the coming revision.
Overall, this book produced by the Liturgical Press is beautifully crafted. It uses the NAB with revised NT for its scriptural texts.
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35 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Raven 389 on March 18, 2000
The new "Book of Blessings" is practically necessary for Catholic ministries, but one might (without the least disrespect for its authors or the Holy See) observe that, unfortunately, it does not represent the fullness of the Catholic tradition.
Page after page the new ritual shies away from actually blessing THINGS, opting instead for prayers that the people who use or see the things will be blessed. One might wonder whether someone's quasi-Manichaean tendencies are not at work here -- the Church, after all, gladly blesses a variety of material creatures (candles, oil, fire, water, palms, etc) in her liturgy without thinking that she thereby makes them into good-luck charms or magical objects. Moreover, the blessing of houses, animals, fields, devotional articles, etc., outside the liturgy is deeply engrained in Catholic tradition. (And speaking of such blessings: it is really necessary to have a liturgy of the Word for every little blessing? This seems like a good idea gotten out of hand!)
Although the B of B is our current official ritual book, one may hope for improvements. Since the whole creation is renewed in Christ, perhaps it is not so wrong to consecrate THINGS to the purposes of the Kingdom.
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