Do you have a loved one that is a Catholic in good standing? Are you
searching for a unique and special gift for them, that will be
cherished for years, if not generations? Maybe you've heard of this
before, but how about giving them the special gift of a Papal Blessing?
was dusting off the cobwebs on our framed Papal Blessing (Benediction
Papalis), which gave me the idea to tell you about it. I gave this to
my husband as our wedding present the day we got married. It is printed on beautiful parchment
paper, and has a color photo of our beloved Pope John Paul II. The
blessing is written in calligraphy and also has an official raised
seal, our names, date of marriage and the name of the church we were
married in. I have our blessing prominently hung on our livingroom
wall. I just love looking at it. I'm guaranteed my husband will never
forget the date of our wedding anniversary. I've only had to point to
it once in the past 9 years. :)
There are a few sketchy methods
of how to obtain a Papal Blessing, but I will tell you how we received
ours. This method ensures you are receiving the actual blessing, and
not some scam. You can obtain blessings for other milestones, such as
special Wedding Anniversaries, or priestly ordination. It does take a
bit of time to obtain these, so you must plan in advance.
Contact your local chancery office in the diocese you live in. Tell the
operator you would like the details on how to obtain a Papal Blessing
and for what event.
Choose from a 8.5 x 11 version or a much larger version (think map
size). I chose the smaller version so that I could easily frame and
Step 3: Gather
the required documentation. In our case, we had to get a letter from
our pastor that said we were practicing Catholics in good standing with
Step 4: Send
a check (around $40 for the small version) to the address the Chancery
gives you. The proceeds go to feed the poor. Allow approximately 6
months to be sure it arrives in time for your special occasion.
More info on obtaining blessings:
baptized Catholic can receive a blessing, but they are denied to
non-Catholics, to the dead, to inanimate objects, and to animals.
may be for birthdays, ordinations, religious profession, anniversaries
of religious profession, Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations,
conversions, and Catholic weddings and anniversaries of Catholic
weddings. Some marriage blessings are denied if you are trying to
obtain a blessing on the occasion of your marriage retrospectively, and
the current Pope is not the same Pope at the time of your sacrament.
"Don't worry if they see your defects; the offence against God and the scandal you may give; that is what should worry you. Apart from this, may you be known for what you are and be despised. Don't be sorry to be nothing, since then Jesus will have to be everything for you."