Blessed Salt

APRIL 2011/JULY 2013

Blessed Salt

 

“Not to oppose error is to approve it, and not to defend the truth is to suppress it”- Pope St. Felix III

 

Note: In this report I may occasionally use bold print, Italics, or word underlining
for emphasis. This will be my personal emphasis and not that of the source that I am quoting.

 

Q:


How do you use blessed salt? Are a few grains OK or how much do you use outside? Do you say a prayer when you sprinkle it? Kiki

 

A:


As part of my answer to you I will attach a report that I did on End Times Spiritual Preparation. This report gives instructions on how to sprinkle blessed salt. It also has the prayer that you can take to a priest that he will use to bless your salt. You do not have to say a prayer when you use it because the blessing said by the priest includes the following: “Wherever this salt and water are sprinkled, drive away the power of evil, and protect us always.”.

 

End Times Spiritual Preparation

Over the past fifteen years or so various visionaries/locutionists have reported that our Lord has recommended various exercises, involving sacramentals, to protect ourselves and homes during the spiritual battles of these end times. I personally trust in the exercises that I am placing within this report and I have discerned them for myself. Before you go further, I have two bits of advice for you:

(1) Holy Church does not and has never required any person to believe in any message whatsoever that comes from a visionary or locutionist. So, if you choose to not follow the advice given in this report you are not committing any sin! On the other hand our Lord tells us in Holy Scripture (regarding prophesies) to keep what is good from them.

(2) If you do not believe in supernatural messages, please stop at this point and READ NO FURTHER!

In my rather large library I do have the original messages that I will be quoting from in this report. Since in my ministry of answering Catholic faith questions I rely upon bonafide source documents for quotations, I never ‘organized’ the literal pile of messages that I have accumulated. I intend to start doing that now. When I have located all the source messages, I will revise this report with footnotes and get it out to you all again. With all of that in mind, we begin!

“They (sacramentals) are any object or prayer or action that can put us in touch with God’s grace in Christ. Like sacraments, sacramentals make available to us the stream of divine grace which flows from the paschal mystery of the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ, the fountain from which all sacraments and sacramentals draw their power.”

“Anna Marie: Yes Jesus, please speak for your sinful servant is listening (an Angel appeared in front of me). My Lord, what shall we do to prepare for the great trials which you have told me and have shown me visions?

Jesus: This is what I wish for you to publish for my children to view. First, you will prepare your homes from the inception of the spiritual enemy. I ask all souls to place four blessed Green Scapulars in the four corners of their home. They will recite the following as they do this:

 

“Heavenly Father, through the death and resurrection of your Holy Son, Jesus of Nazareth, we ask that you send your Holy Mother along with the Guarding Angels to descend upon my home (workplace), to guard my family (friends and co-workers) against the plots of satan and his emissaries so that this building is forever consecrated to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts from this day forward. Please Lord, protect all who enter these premises and make holy those who dwell here. In your mercy Father, Amen.”

 

Jesus: Next, ask all who will listen to place a Crucifix of their Savior above each door of their home or building which they occupy. For those who cannot complete this task at their workplace, a Miraculous Medal of my Holy Mother will also suffice.

Anna Marie: Yes my Lord. My Jesus, is the Miraculous Medal alone sufficient in their homes too?

Jesus: I your Savior see all and know each man/woman’s efforts. I will receive from each what is possible in their own lives.

Anna Marie: Yes my Lord. My Lord, is there anything else?

Jesus: Yes, once these instructions have been completed my children should also prepare some rations [food] for their homes. Water, food, canned foods will be best. You should prepare enough so that each person will be sustained for a short duration of one or two weeks. Candles and batteries should also be saved and all items should be blessed as best they can.”

To request 10 free Green Scapulars, contact Apostolate of the Green Scapular, 7710-T Cherry Park Dr., #417, Houston TX. 77095, Phone (281) 345-1971, www.greenscapular.org, apostolate@greenscapular.org

 

“This is in regards to the remedy that was given to Maria Esperanza of Betania, Venezuela.

Jesus: I am going to give you a remedy for the illness of infants (and small children). You must take the leaves from the hawthorn plant and steep them into a tea for 8 minutes. Then administer the tea orally to the infant (or child) ¼ cup at a time, continually throughout the day and night, until the ravage of the illness subsides. The symptoms will be flu-like, with a high fever, purple-blackened color to the lips, jerking and flailing like convulsions.”

Note: A regular tea bag has one level teaspoon of tea in it. This is your base for a measurement for one cup of tea. Simple recipe: Put the crushed hawthorn leaves in a cup. Put 1 cup (8 oz.) of water in a pot. Bring the water to a boil. After the water comes to a boil, pour water onto the tealeaves in a cup. Steep for 8 minutes. Strain the tea to remove the leaves after the 8 minutes are up. Allow the tea to cool some so that a child or person could not get burned drinking hot tea. Administer the tea according to the instruction given to Maria Esperanza above. I purchased my Hawthorn Tea from The Rock Religious Shop, phone: (985) 223-2850, website: www.miraclerosarymission.org.

 

One message said that we should make up four sets of sacramentals blessed by a priest. The sacramentals are a Crucifix, Miraculous Medal, Brown Scapular, and St. Benedict Medal. You are then supposed to bury these sets at the approximate four corners of your property. I placed my sets in four sandwich baggies and buried them as instructed above. I was meditating on this once and the Holy Spirit led me to visualize something like a protective tent coming up from the four corners and covering our property, which is an acre.

 

Another message says we are to have at least one candle blessed by a priest in our house. During the three days of darkness these candles will give us light and will not go out.

 

Another message deals with blessed salt. It tells us to walk our property circumference and thinly sprinkle blessed salt as we go. Next, sprinkle blessed salt around every building, shed and animal enclosure on your property and around your well casing if you have one or the City shutoff valve for your water. The salt should be sprinkled around the base of your home. If you live in an apartment you are to sprinkle the salt around the base of the inside of all exterior walls and walls dividing you from other apartments. After sprinkling with salt you can retrace your steps and sprinkle the same areas with Holy Water. Blessed salt will last a long, long time. I recommend that you repeat the sprinkling once a year or so. I also got the little paper packets of salt and got them blessed. I put a couple of packets in each of our vehicles; you can carry them in your purse or wallet, mail them to friends, etc. The official Church blessing for salt (to be done by a priest) is as follows: (I take this prayer with me to the priest)

 


Blessing for Salt

Almighty God

We ask you to bless + this salt

As once you blessed the salt scattered over the water

By the prophet Elisha.

Wherever this salt and water are sprinkled,

Drive away the power of evil,

And protect us always

By the presence of your Holy Spirit.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.*

Amen.

*The Sacramentary, (1985), Catholic Book Publishing Co., New York, NY., P. 359

One message says to get blessed oil and make a small sign of the cross on each window and exterior door in your home. I put my sign tracing on the window frames so that they will not get washed off.

 

A rather recent message tells us to get a picture of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart and have them blessed and placed in each room of our house. You can get these pictures in miniature holy card size at shrines and Catholic gift stores.

 

St. Raphael the Archangel gave a message to a holy man in 1993 that holy oil should be made which would be blessed by him (St. Raphael) with healing properties; that this oil will be used for healings in the end times which is now! This oil, blessed and sent by a Fr. Whalen, can be obtained with accompanying explanatory literature free of charge by contacting: Rev. Fr. Joseph Whalen, M.S., St. James Church, 12 Franklin St., Danielson, CT. 06239, phone: (860) 774-6553 or (802) 343-0573, E-mail: StRaphael125@aol.com. I recommend a donation as there are printing costs, mailing costs, etc.

The Pieta Prayer Booklet has a prayer of protection against storms:

 

Jesus Christ a King of Glory has come in peace.+ God became man,+ and the Word was made flesh.+ Christ was born of a Virgin.+ Christ suffered.+ Christ was crucified.+ Christ died.+ Christ rose from the dead.+ Christ ascended into Heaven.+ Christ conquers.+ Christ reigns.+ Christ orders.+ May Christ protect us from all storms and lightning.+ Christ went through their midst in Peace,+ and the Word was made flesh.+ Christ is with us with Mary.+ Flee you enemy spirits because the Lion of the Generation of Juda, the Root David, has won.+ Holy God!+ Holy Powerful God!+ Holy Immortal God!+ Have mercy on us. Amen!

 

We were also given the powerful prayer of protection to St. Michael the Archangel:

 

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle; Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into Hell, satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl through the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

 

For personal protection and devotion various messages have told us to wear the Brown Scapular and blessed medals at all times. I choose to wear the St. Benedict Cross/medal combination, a Miraculous Medal and I carry a blessed finger rosary in my pocket.

The Lord gave us a prayer for our safety.

 

Oh my God, by the power of Your most Holy Spirit, I beg you, cover Your people with the Precious Blood of Jesus, Your son, thus keeping us safe from the hideous snares of satan and all his followers. Protect us from all evil in these days of sin’s darkness. We seek protection for our families, our children; safety in storms and from Your wrath dearest Father. Shelter us in the palm of Your hand and save our homes from all storms. Keep us close to Your heart. Mark us with Your sign sealing us to You forever thus assuring Your children of Your fatherly protection as the tribulation increases and our chastisements quickly approach. We love You and consecrate ourselves to You as we wait in faith and trust with hope in our hearts. Thank You beloved Father, Son and Holy Spirit, our 0one triune God, for Your constant mercy and unfathomable love for us, Your unworthy, humble servants.

 

Lastly – AND PROBABLY MOST IMPORTANTLY – get your home and vehicles blessed by a priest!

Non-believers and even many Catholics will tell us that we are superstitious if we do any of the preparations listed in this report. I can only prayerfully reply that Our Lord has given warnings and advice through His prophets since the beginning of time. Did not Noah heed the Lord’s warning and advice and build an Ark on dry land?

 

This report prepared on October 27, 2005 and revised on October 7, 2006 by Ronald Smith, 11701 Maplewood Road, Chardon, Ohio 44024-8482, E-mail: <hfministry@roadrunner.com>. Readers may copy and distribute this report as desired to anyone as long as the content is not altered and it is copied in its entirety. In this little ministry I do free Catholic and occult related research and answer your questions. Questions are answered in this format with detailed footnotes on all quotes. If you have a question(s), please submit it to this landmail or e-mail address. Answers are usually forthcoming within one week.

 

 

This report prepared on April 15, 2007 by Ronald Smith, 11701 Maplewood Road, Chardon, Ohio 44024-8482, E-mail: hfministry@roadrunner.com. Readers may copy and distribute this report as desired to anyone as long as the content is not altered and it is copied in its entirety. In this little ministry I do free Catholic and occult related research and answer your questions. Questions are answered in this format with detailed footnotes on all quotes. If you have a question(s), please submit it to this landmail or e-mail address. Answers are usually forthcoming within one week.

 

… Let us recover by penance what we have lost by sin …

 

Praying for Healing – The Challenge By Fr. Benedict Heron OSB EXTRACT

Sacramentals

At the end of this chapter on the sacraments it seems appropriate to write briefly on sacramentals, especially one of them. It is in the Catholic tradition to use sacramentals such as holy water, holy medals, holy statues, holy pictures, icons, beads, scapulars, blessed salt, and blessed oil. It can be good to make use of sacramentals for healing and protection insofar as they are found helpful. However, it is important to remember that it is Jesus who heals and protects, not the holy water, the medals, or other sacramentals. It is also important to avoid any suggestion of magic or superstition: people are healed because Jesus wants to heal them, not because they possess a particular statue or a holy medal.

 

Blessed Salt

http://www.miraclerosarymission.org/salt.html /

http://www.catholic-convert.com/2005/06/27/blessed-salt-sacramentals/ [Steve Ray, apologist. June 27, 2005]

By Rev. John H. Hampsch C.M.F.

There is a renewed interest today in the ancient sacramental of blessed salt, especially by charismatics, in healing and deliverance situations, etc. To understand its proper use and its efficacy, it would be helpful to review the Scriptural symbolism and its history, since Vatican II urges us to participate “intelligently and actively” in the use of sacramentals, just as in the use of Sacraments.

Salt in the ancient world was a precious commodity (even monopolized by the royalty in Egypt and Persia). Roman soldiers were partially paid with packets of salt (“sal” in Latin); this was the origin of our word “salary” and of phrases like “worth his salt,” etc. Being costly, it was an appropriate offering to God as a “covenant of salt” (Leviticus 2:13; II Chronicles 13:5; Numbers 18:19) used in sacrifices by the Israelites (Ezekiel 43:24) and for the accompanying sacrificial meal (Genesis 31:54).

Belief in its preservative and healing properties led to its use to dry and harden the skin of newborns (Ezekiel 16:4) and to prevent umbilical cord infection. Used for 3500 years to preserve meats from deterioration, it became a symbol of preservation and spiritual incorruptibility that was to characterize anyone offering sacrificial worship. Shared at the sacrificial meal, salt became a symbol of friendship and hospitality, a custom-symbol still used today in Arab culture. Jesus referred to this salt-symbolized friendship covenant in Mark 9:50: “Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another”—that is, “preserve that quality (flavor) that makes you a blessing to one another.” (Note the double symbol of preservation and flavoring.)

This double primary symbolization is also found in Paul’s advice in Col. 4:6: “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” That is, let it be wholesome and savory, preserved from the corrupting conversation of worldlings (3:8 and Ephesians 4:29). (His use of the word salt may also have referred to another of its symbols: spiritual wisdom, since the Latin word for savor or taste, “sapientia”, is the same as for wisdom.)

Some or all of these symbols may have been implied in Jesus’ words to his chosen ones, describing them as the “salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13).  He especially indicated that they were to oppose the world’s corruption, reminding them that, as salt must preserve its own anti-corruptive quality, they too must preserve their anti-corruptive influence in a sin-corrupted world. (See Luke 14:34).

The blessing promised by God on food and water, as well as the prevention of miscarriages and agricultural catastrophes (Exodus 23:25-26) was extended by God through Elisha in Jericho (II Kings 2:20-21), when he was inspired to put salt into the contaminated water. Adding salt to already brackish water to decontaminate it, made the miracle all the more impressive, since one would expect the opposite effect. This first miracle of Elisha is the primary Scriptural basis for the sacramental use of blessed salt today, as the Roman Ritual indicates.

As a Catholic sacramental, salt blessed by the liturgical prayer of a priest may be used by itself, unmixed, as in exorcisms, and formerly in the exorcistic prayer at baptism, or it may be mixed with water to make holy water, as the Ritual prescribes (reminiscent of Elisha’s miracle).

In whichever form, it is intended to be an instrument of grace to preserve one from the corruption of evil occurring as sin, sickness, demonic influence, etc.
As in the case of all sacramentals, its power comes not from the sign itself, but by means of the Church’s official (liturgical, not private) prayer of blessing—a power the Church derives from Christ himself (see Matthew 16:19 and 18:18). As the Vatican II document on the Liturgy states (art. 61), both Sacraments and sacramentals sanctify us, not of themselves, but by power flowing from the redemptive act of Jesus, elicited by the Church’s intercession to be directed through those external signs and elements. Hence sacramentals like blessed salt, holy water, medals, etc. are not to be used superstitiously as having self-contained power, but as “focus-points” funneling one’s faith toward Jesus, just as a flag is used as a “focus-point” of patriotism, or as handkerchiefs were used to focus faith for healing and deliverance by Paul (Acts 19:12).

Thus used non-superstitiously, modest amounts of salt may be sprinkled in one’s bedroom, or across thresholds to prevent burglary, in cars for safety, etc. A few grains in drinking water or used in cooking or as food seasoning often bring astonishing spiritual and physical benefits, as I have personally witnessed many times. As with the use of Sacraments, much depends on the faith and devotion of the person using salt or any sacramental. This faith must be Jesus-centered, as was the faith of the blind man in John 9; he had faith in Jesus, not in the mud and spittle used by Jesus to heal him.

In light of this, we can see why Vatican II states that “there is hardly any proper use of material things which cannot thus be directed toward the sanctification of persons and the praise of God.” (article 61 of Liturgy document) Hence new sacramentals may also be added when rituals are revised (art. 79). Blessed salt is certainly not a new sacramental, but the Holy Spirit seems to be leading many to a new interest in its remarkable power as an instrument of grace and healing.

Any amount of salt may be presented to a priest for his blessing, using the following official prayer from the Roman Ritual:

“Almighty God, we ask you to bless this salt, as once you blessed the salt scattered over the water by the prophet Elisha. Wherever this salt (and water) is sprinkled, drive away the power of evil, and protect us always by the presence of your Holy Spirit. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.” 

COMMENT:

Since using blessed salt on the tongue and in his salt shaker, my son has turned away from an addiction to beer. Praise God that I learned of this sacramental in the book by the Vatican exorcist. I think his name is Fr. Gabriel Amorth. And thank you for getting the information out to people. Audrey Rolsion, February 27, 2008

 

Blessed Salt – A Powerful Sacramental of the Catholic Church

http://catholic2.tripod.com/salt.htm

By Fr. John H. Hampsch CMF
Blessed salt is an instrument of grace to preserve one from the corruption of evil occurring as sin, sickness, demonic influence, etc. As in the case of all sacramentals, its power comes not from the sign itself, but by means of the Church’s
official (liturgical, not private) prayer of blessing– a power the Church derives from Christ Himself. (See Matthew 16:19 and 18:18) As the Vatican II document on the Liturgy states, both Sacraments and sacramentals sanctify us, not of themselves, but by power flowing from the redemptive act of Jesus, elicited by the Church’s intercession to be directed through those external signs and elements. Hence sacramentals like blessed salt, holy water, medals, etc., are not to be used superstitiously as having self-contained power, but as ‘focus points’ funneling one’s faith toward Jesus, just as a flag is used as a focus point of patriotism, or as handkerchiefs were used to focus faith for healing and deliverance (Acts 19:12).
Thus, used non-superstitiously, modest amounts of blessed salt may be sprinkled in one’s bedroom, or across thresholds to prevent burglary, in cars for safety, etc. A few grains of blessed salt in drinking water or used in cooking or as food seasoning often bring astonishing spiritual and physical benefits. As with the use of Sacraments, much depends on the faith and devotion of the person using salt or any sacramental. This faith must be Jesus-centered, as was the faith of the blind man in John 9; he had faith in Jesus, not in the mud and spittle used by Jesus to heal him.
Blessed salt is not a new sacramental, but the Holy Spirit seems to be leading many to a new interest in its remarkable power as an instrument of grace and healing. Any amount of salt may be presented to a priest for his blessing using the following official prayer from the Roman Ritual:
“Almighty God, we ask you to bless this salt, as once you blessed the salt scattered over the water by the prophet Elisha. Wherever this salt (and water) is sprinkled, drive away the power of evil, and protect us always by the presence of your Holy Spirit. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen”
If you are interested in getting blessed salt, print this information out and present the blessing prayer to your parish priest. Ask him to bless the salt for you using the official prayer from the Roman Ritual printed above, (get a large amount – it will last a long time and you won’t have to bother him again!) Take the blessing above to your parish priest and ask him to bless a supply of salt for you.

I can personally attest to the power of this sacramental to keep away evil. When we were building our new home a few years ago, vandals kept coming in and destroying things. This was when it was in the stage when the doors and windows were not yet on. I came out and sprinkled blessed salt on all the entryways and windows which were near the ground. We never had another vandalism after that! Who needs a personal home security system!

This information is taken from a pamphlet written by Fr. Hampsch. You can obtain the entire pamphlet, tapes, and books by contacting his ministry at Claretian Tape Ministry, P.O. Box 19100, Los Angeles, CA 90019

http://www.cukierski.net/hardtofindsacramentals.shtml:

Father Hampsch, a psychologist and renowned Claretian priest, points out that as a Catholic sacramental, salt blessed by the liturgical prayer of a priest may be used by itself or mixed with holy water (reminiscent of Elisha’s miracle). “In whichever form,” he notes, “it is intended to be an instrument of grace to preserve one from the corruption of evil occurring as sin, sickness, and demonic influence. The blessing promised by God on food and water, as well as the prevention of miscarriages and agricultural catastrophes (Exodus 23:25-26), was extended by God through Elisha in Jericho (Kings 2:20-21), when he was inspired to put salt into the contaminated water. This first miracle of Elisha is the primary Scriptural basis for the sacramental use of blessed salt today, as the Roman Ritual indicates. Hence sacramentals like salt, holy water, medals, and so forth are not to be used superstitiously as having self-contained power, but as ‘focus points’ funneling one’s faith toward Jesus.

 

Blessed Salt – Powerful Stuff

http://www.discoverthecenter.com/files/Blessed_Salt_oil.pdf

In these times of increasing evil and diabolic disturbance Blessed Salt is an absolute must for every home.

-Is your home and family at peace or is there division and unrest?

-Are you or a loved one suffering from sickness, depression or addiction?

-Do you have loved ones away from the Faith?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then we strongly urge you to take advantage of the power of this sacramental.

We at newsandfaith.com believe so strongly in the efficacy of sacramentals we are willing to offer them to you at no charge. We will also include with your package of blessed salt, powerful prayers for Priests to bless other

Sacramentals. These prayers are taken from old Roman Ritual prayer books.

Please act now. You will glad you did. After you receive your blessed salt we would appreciate any feedback on how effective this sacramental has been for you.

Below is more information on this great spiritual weapon.

 

A Powerful Sacramental of the Catholic Church

Blessed salt is an instrument of grace to preserve one from the corruption of evil occurring as sin, sickness, demonic influence.

As in the case of all sacramentals, its power comes not from the sign itself, but by means of the Church’s official (liturgical, not private) prayer of blessing — a power the Church derives from Christ Himself. (See Matthew 16:19 and 18:18)

As the Vatican II document on the Liturgy states, both Sacraments and sacramentals sanctify us, not of themselves, but by power flowing from the redemptive act of Jesus, elicited by the Church’s intercession to be directed through those external signs and elements. Hence sacramentals like blessed salt, holy water, medals, etc., are not to be used superstitiously as having self-contained power, but as ‘focus points’ funneling one’s faith toward Jesus, just as a flag is used as a focus point of patriotism, or as handkerchiefs were used to focus faith for healing and deliverance (Acts 19:12).

Thus, used non-superstitiously, modest amounts of blessed salt may be sprinkled in one’s bedroom, or across thresholds to prevent burglary, in cars for safety, etc. A few grains of blessed salt in drinking water or used in cooking or as food seasoning often bring astonishing spiritual and physical benefits. As with the use of Sacraments, much depends on the faith and devotion of the person using salt or any sacramental. This faith must be Jesus-centered, as was the faith of the blind man in John 9; he had faith in Jesus, not in the mud and spittle used by Jesus to heal him.

Blessed salt is not a new sacramental, but the Holy Spirit seems to be leading many to a new interest in its remarkable power as an instrument of grace and healing. Any amount of salt may be presented to a priest for his blessing using the following official prayer from the Roman Ritual:

“Almighty God, we ask you to bless this salt, as once you blessed the salt scattered over the water by the prophet Elisha. Wherever this salt (and water) is sprinkled, drive away the power of evil, and protect us always by the presence of your Holy Spirit. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen”

 

Blessed Oil and Salt: What the Catholic Church Says

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Sacramentals are instituted for the sanctification of certain ministries of the Church, certain states of life, a great variety of circumstances in Christian life, and the use of many things helpful to man. — They always include a prayer, often accompanied by a specific sign, such as the laying on of hands, the sign of the cross, or the sprinkling of holy water.” 1667

“Sacramentals derive from the baptismal priesthood: Every baptized person is called to be a “blessing,” and to bless. (1 Peter 3:9, Luke 6:28, Romans 12:14) Hence lay people may preside at certain blessings. Sacramentals do not confer the grace of the Holy Spirit in the way that the sacraments do, but by the Church’s prayer, they prepare us to receive grace and dispose us to cooperate with it.” 1669-70

“Among sacramentals blessings (of persons, meals, objects, and places) comes first. Every blessing praises God and prays for his gifts. In Christ, Christians are blessed by God the Father with every spiritual blessing. This is why the Church imparts blessings by invoking the name of Jesus, usually while making the holy sign of the cross of Christ.” 1671

 

Basic information

Blessed oil and salt are sacramentals of the Catholic Church for use by lay people as they minister to others through prayer. Lay people bless with oil; priests, and only priests, anoint with oil.

The power in the oil and salt comes from the redemptive acts of Jesus through His Passion, Death, and Resurrection. That power is elicited by prayers of intercession, and is then directed through the external signs of oil and salt. Neither sacramental should be used superstitiously as having self-contained power, but in combination with prayer. The sacramentals are focus points, funneling one’s faith toward Jesus, like a flag is a focus for patriotism.

A priest may use the official prayer from the Roman Ritual to bless oil and salt for lay people.

 

How to use blessed salt

Blessed salt can be sprinkled in one’s home, across thresholds and windowsills, around property lines, in cars, school lockers or work sites. It can be used on food, or while cooking.

As you spread the salt pray for the Lord’s blessing and protection. The faith of the person using the salt must be Jesus-centered, like the faith of the blind man in John 9; his faith was in Jesus, not in the mud and spittle

Jesus used to heal him.

Blessed salt is not a new sacramental, but there is new interest in it as an instrument of grace and healing.

 

Salt

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13403b.htm

Catholic Encyclopedia, New Advent. The editor of New Advent is Kevin Knight, feedback732@newadvent.org

Salt, always used for the seasoning of food and for the preservation of things from corruption, had from very early days a sacred and religious character.

The Prophet Eliseus employed it to make palatable the waters of a well (2 Kings 2:19 sqq.). The Orientals used it to cleanse and harden the skin of a newborn child (Ezekiel 16:4); by strewing salt on a piece of land they dedicated it to the gods; in the Jewish Law it was prescribed for the sacrifices and the loaves of proposition (Leviticus 2:13). In Matthew 5:13, salt symbolizes wisdom, though perhaps originally it had an exorcistic signification.

Its use in the Church belongs exclusively to the Roman Rite. The Ritual knows two kinds of salt for liturgical purposes, the baptismal salt and the blessed salt.

The former, cleansed and sanctified by special exorcisms and prayers, is given to the catechumen before entering church for baptism. According to the fifth canon of the Third Council of Carthage it would seem that salt was administered to the catechumens several times a year. This use of salt is attested by St. Augustine (Confessions I.11) and by John the Deacon. St. Isidore of Seville speaks of it (De off., II, xxi), but in the Spanish
Church it was not universal.

The other salt is exorcized and blessed in the preparation of holy water for the Asperges before high Mass on Sunday and for the use of the faithful in their homes. The present formula of blessing is taken from the Gregorian Sacramentary (P.L., LXXVIII, 231). Both baptismal salt and blessed salt may be used again without a new benediction.

The appendix of the Roman Ritual has a blessing of salt for the use of animals and another in honour of St. Hubert. The Roman Pontifical orders salt to be blessed and mixed in the water (mixed in turn with ashes and wine) for the consecration of a church. This is also from the Gregorian Sacramentary. Again salt (not specially blessed) may be used for purifying the fingers after sacred unctions.

Transcription. This article was transcribed for New Advent by Charlie Martin.

Ecclesiastical approbation.
Nihil Obstat. February 1, 1912. Remy Lafort, D.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York

 

Blessed Salt

http://www.fisheaters.com/salt.html

Salt, with its preservative properties, had always been treasured as precious1 in the ancient world, and seen as a symbol of incorruption and wisdom. Its use was commanded by God: Leviticus 2:13-14
Whatsoever sacrifice thou offerest, thou shalt season it with salt, neither shalt thou take away the salt of the covenant of thy God from thy sacrifice. In all thy oblations thou shalt offer salt. But if thou offer a gift of the firstfruits of thy corn to the Lord, of the ears — and it was seen by God, as recorded by Moses, to act as a symbol for that which can’t corrupt: Numbers 18:19
All the firstfruits of the sanctuary which the children of Israel offer to the Lord, I have given to thee and to thy sons and daughters, by a perpetual ordinance. It is a covenant of salt for ever before the Lord, to thee and to thy sons.

Its first recorded sacramental use was by Eliseus (Elisha) to restore waters of a well: 4 Kings 2:19-22
And the men of the city, said to Eliseus. Behold the situation of this city is very good, as thou, my lord, seest: but the waters are very bad, and the ground barren. And he said: Bring me a new vessel, and put salt into it. And when they had brought it, He went out to the spring of the waters, and cast the salt into it, and said: Thus saith the Lord: I have healed these waters, and there shall be no more in them death or barrenness. And the waters were healed unto this day, according to the word of Eliseus, which he spoke.”

And, of course, there is Our Lord’s calling His people “salt of the earth” and warning of salt that loses its savor (Matthew 5:13, Mark 9, Luke 14), and there is St. Paul’s warning in Colossians 4:6 to “Let your speech be always in grace seasoned with salt: that you may know how you ought to answer every man.”
Salt is now used sacramentally in two main ways in the Church.
First, in Baptisms: like the baptismal waters, salt is blessed and exorcised. Then it is put on the tongue of the catechumen during the Baptismal Rite.
Second, for use in the preparation of Holy Water and for the use of the faithful: regular salt is exorcised and blessed and is used in the preparation of Holy Water. It is also given to the faithful for their everyday use — e.g., for use in cooking; for sprinkling around rooms, doorways and yards, to protect against evil, etc.
Because of its exorcism and blessing, it is a powerful sacramental in keeping away demons. To obtain blessed salt, just take ordinary salt to your priest and ask him to bless it.
Note: salt — usually not blessed — is also used to purify the priest’s fingers after Unction.

Footnotes:
1 Salt was considered so valuable that Roman soldiers were paid, at least in part, by salt, or “sal” in Latin. This is the root of our word “salary.”

 

Blessed salt in Christianity

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blessed_salt_in_Christianity

Blessed salt has been used in various forms throughout the history of Christianity. Among early Christians, the savoring of blessed salt often took place along with baptism. In the fourth century, Augustine of Hippo named these practices “visible forms of invisible grace”.[1][2] However, its modern use as a sacramental remains mostly limited to its use with holy water within the Roman Rite.

 

History

For centuries, salt that had been cleansed and sanctified by special exorcisms and prayers was given to catechumens before entering the church for baptism. According to the fifth canon of the Third Council of Carthage in the third century, salt was administered to the catechumens several times a year, a process attested by Augustine of Hippo (Confessions I.11). Two specific rites, namely a cross traced on the forehead and a taste of blessed salt, not only marked the entrance into the catechumenate, but were repeated regularly. By his own account, Augustine was “blessed regularly with the Sign of the Cross and was seasoned with God’s salt.”[3]

Early in the six century, John the Deacon also explained the use of blessed salt, “so the mind which is drenched and weakened by the waves of this world is held steady”.[4] Salt continued to be customarily used during the scrutinies of catechumens or the baptism of infants.

 

Current use

In recent times, the use of blessed salt is only found within the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.[5] The 1962 Rituale Romanum includes salt as component in three rites:

Baptism: Before the candidates enter the church or baptistry, salt is blessed with an exorcism, and a pinch can be put in the mouth of the candidates.[6] However, in modern practice this can be skipped.

Re-consecration of an altar: In one rite for the re-consecration of an altar which has been disturbed, salt is exorcized, blessed, and mixed with ashes, water and wine, the resulting mixture being used to make the mortar with which the altar is resealed.[7]

Blessing holy water: Salt is added to water in silence after a prayer in which God is asked to bless the salt, recalling the blessed salt “scattered over the water by the prophet Elisha” and invoking the protective powers of salt and water, that they may “drive away the power of evil”.[8]

An additional rite provides for the blessing of salt for animals.[9]

 

Salt as Sacramental

Salt may also be blessed for us as a sacramental, using the same prayer as is used during the preparation of holy water. This salt may be sprinkled in a room, or across a threshold, or in other places as a invocation of divine protection. It may also be consumed.[10]

 

References

1. Tad W. Guzie, 1982 The book of sacramental basics
ISBN 0809124114 page 46

2. Everett Ferguson, 2009 Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy
ISBN 0802827489 p. 768

3. William Harmless, 1995 Augustine and the Catechumenate
ISBN 0814661327 page 80

4. Aidan Kavanagh, 1991 The Shape of Baptism: The Rite of Christian Initiation ISBN page 59

5. Catholic encyclopedia on salt [1]

6. trans. Weller, Philip T. Rituale Romanum: Rite for baptism of adults”. http://www.sanctamissa.org/en/resources/books-1962/rituale-romanum/12-baptism-of-adults-rite.html

7. trans. Weller, Philip T. Rituale Romanum: Blessings of places designated for sacred purposes”. http://www.sanctamissa.org/en/resources/books-1962/rituale-romanum/52-blessings-of-places-designated-for-sacred-purposes-.html

8. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, 1998 Our Sunday Visitor’s Catholic Encyclopedia
ISBN 0879736690 page 893

9. trans. Weller, Philip T. Rituale Romanum: Blessings of things designated for ordinary use”. http://www.sanctamissa.org/en/resources/books-1962/rituale-romanum/54-blessings-of-things-designated-for-ordinary-use.html

10. Hampsch, John H. “Blessed Salt”. Claretian Teaching Ministry. http://claretiantapeministry.org/page.asp?t=Blessed%20Salt

 

Further reading

The Roman Ritual (Rituale Romanum), Vol 2: Christian Burial, Exorcism, Reserved Blessings Preserving Christian Publications (2007)

 

The Catholic Charismatic Center on the World Wide Web FAQs

http://www.catholiccharismatic.us/index.php?name=FAQ&id_cat=7

I have heard the terms Holy Salt and Blessed Salt. Are these sacramentals?
How can I get Blessed Salt/ Holy Salt??

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Sacramentals are instituted for the sanctification of certain ministries of the Church, certain states of life, a great variety of circumstances in Christian life, and the use of many things helpful to man. — They always include a prayer, often accompanied by a specific sign, such as the laying on of hands, the sign of the cross, or the sprinkling of holy water.” 1667
“Sacramentals derive from the baptismal priesthood: Every baptized person is called to be a “blessing,” and to bless. (1 Pet. 3:9, Lk 6:28, Rom 12:14) Hence lay people may preside at certain blessings. — Sacramentals do not confer the grace of the Holy Spirit in the way that the sacraments do, but by the Church’s prayer, they prepare us to receive grace and dispose us to cooperate with it.” 1669-70
“Among sacramentals blessings (of persons, meals, objects, and places) comes first. Every blessing praises God and prays for his gifts. In Christ, Christians are blessed by God the Father with every spiritual blessing. This is why the Church imparts blessings by invoking the name of Jesus, usually while making the holy sign of the cross of Christ.” 1671

 

Basic information
Blessed oil and salt are sacramentals of the Catholic Church for use by lay people as they minister to others through prayer. Lay people bless with oil; priests, and only priests, anoint with oil.
The power in the oil and salt comes from the redemptive acts of Jesus through His Passion, Death, and Resurrection. That power is elicited by prayers of intercession, and is then directed through the external signs of oil and salt. Neither sacramental should be used superstitiously as having self-contained power, but in combination with prayer. The sacramentals are focus points, funneling one’s faith toward Jesus, like a flag is a focus for patriotism.
A priest may use the official prayer from the Roman Ritual to bless oil and salt for lay people.

 

How to use blessed oil

Blessed oil may be used when praying over people for healing; to bless family members, homes, or objects.
The prayer doesn’t need to be complicated or fancy. Just ask the person what they would like prayers for, use the oil to make the sign of the cross on their forehead, and pray for God to honor the request. If the person doesn’t wish to confide the intention, that’s fine; God knows what is in their hearts.
Don’t worry about what to say or how to say it; the Lord will guide you. You can pray in tongues, English, or you can say an Our Father or Hail Mary; simply speak what is in your heart, the Holy Spirit will lead. You can end your prayer with an Amen, a Glory Be, or however the Lord inspires you to close.

It is possible to pray with someone who doesn’t even believe in God, let alone His ability or willingness to heal, and see miraculous results. All prayers are subject to God’s will; when we intercede for others our will is united with His.

 

Guidelines

Be sure anyone you pray with understands you are not offering or providing them the Sacrament of the Sick; the Sacrament can only be administered by a priest.
Only pray over people who have asked for prayers, either directly or through friends or family members, and keep all names and information shared confidential.
Don’t act as a counselor, try to solve anyone’s problems or dispense advice. Your ministry is to remain open to the workings of the Holy Spirit, and respond in obedience by sharing what He offers the person seeking healing.
Please use the blessed oil often, don’t save it just for times of illness. Parents, grandparents or other primary care providers can bless the children in their lives daily; spouses can bless one another at any time, for any need. Use it on your homes, cars, pets, tools, anything you want the Lord to protect and bless.

 

How to use blessed salt

Blessed salt can be sprinkled in one’s home, across thresholds and windowsills, around property lines, in cars, school lockers or work sites. It can be used on food, or while cooking.
As you spread the salt pray for the Lord’s blessing and protection. The faith of the person using the salt must be Jesus-centered, like the faith of the blind man in John 9; his faith was in Jesus, not in the mud and spittle Jesus used to heal him. Blessed salt is not a new sacramental, but there is new interest in it as an instrument of grace and healing.

“The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make his face shine upon you

and be gracious to you;

The Lord turn his face toward you

and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26


Prepared by the Maine State Executive Committee for the Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Maine. Fr. Richard P. Rice, liaison, Holy Family Parish, Sanford, ME, 04073; (207) 324-2420.
Permission granted to reproduce and distribute with Blessed Oil and Salt given to others for use in ministry.

 

http://lasalettejourney.blogspot.com/2008/03/why-blessed-salt.html:

The Devil hates salt. Why is this? Fr. Alphonseus Joseph-Mary August Montague Summers explains:
“Salt never appeared at the witches’ table. Bodin gives us the reason that it is an emblem of eternity, and Philip Ludwig Elich emphatically draws attention to the absence of salt at these infernal banquets. ‘At these meals,’ remarks Boguet, ‘salt never appears’…Madeleine de la Palud declared that she had never seen salt, olives, or oil at the Devil’s feasts.” (The History of Witchcraft, p. 145, Barnes and Noble Books).

 


Catholic End-Times Preparation

“Not to oppose error is to approve it, and not to defend the truth is to suppress it” – Pope St. Felix III

 

Note: In this report I may occasionally use bold print, Italics, or word underlining for emphasis. This will be my personal emphasis and not that of the source that I am quoting. Any footnote preceded by a number in (parenthesis) is my personal library numbering system.

 

Q:

Sandi made the following miscellaneous statements and questions to me in her original e-mail of 01/03/2011:

(1) In the End Times I want to be confident enough in my beliefs and my purpose, goals and direction to be able to stand outside in the hailstorm, fire and tsunami and welcome ‘going home’.

(2) All these people who are ‘preparing’ by fitness, stocking up, salting their windowsills or buying blessed grapes seem to say that God is not in control.

NOTE: I will occasionally refer to messages from some alleged current-day prophets in order to draw a parallel between scripture and what is reported being said today. IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE OR ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH NEW PROPHECY, I RECOMMEND THAT YOU READ NO FURTHER!!!

 

A:

(1) In my last report I emphasized the absolute need of Faith in order to believe the teachings of Holy Church which are the teachings or permissions of Christ. You need that same strong faith to withstand the chastisements and tribulation coming upon the world. Again, since Faith is a free gift, you need only go into prayer and ask for it.

 

(2) There is biblical evidence for ‘stocking up on food’ when motivated by God to do so. Read Genesis 41:25-32, 47-57. In these verses God showed Joseph that there would be seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine in Egypt. During the years of plenty Joseph had food stored which he used to feed the people during the years of famine.

There are hundreds of message to existing prophets concerning the storage of food. I will only quote a small number of them here. “Prepare and store food.” “Store extra food and water.”

God says through current prophets that we should store what we are able; that whatever we store He will multiply for our use as He did the loaves and fish.

Blessed salt is an ancient scriptural protection against evil spirits still used by Holy Church. The Church has a blessing for salt in The Sacramentary: “Almighty God, We ask you to bless + this salt as once you blessed the salt scattered over the water by the prophet Elisha. Wherever this salt and water are sprinkled, drive away the power of evil, and protect us always by the presence of your Holy Spirit. Grant this through Christ our Lord, Amen.”

 

Current day prophets are now giving some messages encouraging the use of blessed salt. “This message deals with blessed salt. It tells us to walk our property circumference and thinly sprinkle blessed salt as we go. Next, sprinkle blessed salt around every building, shed and animal enclosure on your property and around your well casing if you have one or the City shutoff valve for your water. The salt should be sprinkled around the base of your home. If you live in an apartment you are to sprinkle the salt around the base of the inside of all exterior walls and walls dividing you from other apartments. After sprinkling with salt you can retrace your steps and sprinkle the same areas with Holy Water. Blessed salt will last a long, long time. I recommend that you repeat the sprinkling once a year or so. I also got the little paper packets of salt and got them blessed. I put a couple of packets in each of our vehicles; you can carry them in your purse or wallet, mail them to friends, etc.”

After re-reading your original questions and comments I believe I have answered all of them in this and previous reports. If you are in need of more information or more expanded answers, please ask.

 

This report prepared on March 6, 2011 by Ronald Smith, 11701 Maplewood Road, Chardon, Ohio 44024-8482, E-mail: <hfministry@roadrunner.com>. Readers may copy and distribute this report as desired to anyone as long as the content is not altered and it is copied in its entirety. In this little ministry I do free Catholic and occult related research and answer your questions. Questions are answered in this format with detailed footnotes on all quotes. If you have a question(s), please submit it to this landmail or e-mail address. Answers are usually forthcoming within one week. PLEASE NOTIFY ME OF ANY ERRORS THAT YOU MAY OBSERVE!

 

Let us recover by penance what we have lost by sin

 

Blessed salt

http://www.saint-mike.net/qa/sw/viewanswer.asp?QID=372

July 8, 2007

I use Holy Water and Blessed Salt to bless my home and my friends’ homes. Does salt need a special blessing in order to be used as “Blessed Salt” or is just the regular blessing a priest gives any sacramental object good enough?
Some priests I have asked to bless salt for me do not seem happy to do it. Would there be a reason for this? Any suggestions on how I should approach them in the future? –Sally

Holy Salt blessed in the usual way will suffice.

The traditional Blessing of Salt is:

God’s creature, salt, I cast out the demon from you by the living + God, by the true + God, by the holy + God, by God who ordered you to be thrown into the water-spring by Eliseus to heal it of its barrenness. May you be a purified salt, a means of health for those who believe, a medicine for body and soul for all who make use of you. May all evil fancies of the foul fiend, his malice and cunning, be driven afar from the place where you are sprinkled. And let every unclean spirit be repulsed by Him who is coming to judge both the living and the dead and the world by fire.

All: Amen.

Let us pray.
Almighty everlasting God, we humbly appeal to your mercy and goodness to graciously bless + this creature, salt, which you have given for mankind’s use. May all who use it find in it a remedy for body and mind. And may everything that it touches or sprinkles be freed from uncleanness and any influence of the evil spirit; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Very few priests still use this traditional formula, but the usual formula used today blesses the salt and that is what counts.

As for priest not willing or reluctant to bless salt, or anything else for that matter, this is a product of modernism that has contaminated the thinking of many priests. The reason they are reluctant, and a few even refused to bless salt, is that they consider it a “throw-back” to pre-Vatican II era and consider it superstitious. This is not the view of the Holy See, but that does not seem to deter the arrogant priests who think they know better than the Holy See.

The Holy See encourages frequent use of sacramentals, especially Holy Water. Your practice of blessing houses with holy water and salt is a good one. Bro.
Ignatius Mary OMSM

 

Blessed salt

http://www.saint-mike.net/qa/sw/viewanswer.asp?QID=1516

October 30, 2011

Would you clarify what blessed salt is? We need to obtain it. –Marie

Blessed Salt that been blessed in a similar way as Holy Water. In fact, the blessing of water includes a pinch of Holy Salt. Salt is a simple of purity and purification. The use of Holy Salt is similar to the use of Holy Water.

Sea Salt is best to use, but any salt will do. You can ask your priest to bless some salt for you. Bro.
Ignatius Mary OMSM

 

Using Blessed salt for cooking

http://www.saint-mike.net/qa/fs/viewanswer.asp?QID=1957

July 24, 2011

Is it illicit to cook with Holy salt or water with the intent to use them as a sacramental to weaken the enemy? I sometimes add these to what I am preparing. My priest seemed to think it might not be an appropriate use of the sacramental. I use them in traditional ways as well. -Joseph

In my opinion it is perfectly okay to use holy salt or holy water in food. It is another way to bless the food. Many people do this.
In terms of spiritual warfare, when someone has ingested an item which is a hex, consumption of holy salt and holy water is beneficial. But in my opinion, it is perfectly okay to use holy salt and holy water in food under ordinary circumstances. –Bro. Ignatius Mary OMSM

 

See

SACRAMENTALS AND BLESSINGS

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/SACRAMENTALS_AND_BLESSINGS.doc

 


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