catholics and orthodoxs?why do catholic priests bless the images or statues and houses with holy water?

why is that? if I have a statue of any saint or virgin, without blessing is it not good?

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
    Best Answer

    The purpose of statues is to honor, not the image itself, but the person who the image is of. The crucifix, a cross with the corpus handing from it, is the most common aid to Catholic prayer. The piece of wood and brass is not being honored, Jesus himself is being worshiped and petitioned and thanked.

    Based on this explanation you can see that whether the image is blessed or not it will "work".

    Blessing of houses is a minor exorcism. A prayer to keep the people living there safe from evil.

    Blessings can be done with words and hand gestures or with words and sprinkling of water. The water is a reminder of our Christian obligations that were promised on our behalf at our baptism.

  • 8 years ago

    Sacramentals are sacred signs that help us live holy lives. Although they do not produce sanctifying grace

    Sacramentals include blessings of persons, meals, objects (including water), and places.

    The priest blesses the congregation during Mass.

    Christians bless their meals. "Bless us O Lord and these thy gifts, ..."

    Priests bless water, animals, ships, homes, and even automobiles. "God bless this home and all those who enter here."

    A blessing is a grace. A priest gives the blessing at the end of Mass to all with the instructions to go forth and live the Gospel. His blessing "empowers" us to do our job better.

    A father can (and should) bless his children, "empowering" them to fullfill their vocation as an obedient child.

    Blessing an object (rosary, medal) etc is an outward sign demonstrating the real significance of that object.

    All blessings are Christ-centered....and thus "empower" the person or object to do what they are meant to do. Without exception, everything we do should be Christ-centered. Thus the blessing includes the sign of the Cross and the invocation of the Trinity.

    Catholic Christian †

  • condon
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

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  • 8 years ago

    It is a way of declaring them holy, or to be used for a holy purpose. It isn't magic, but signifies that this object is set aside for the glory of God. Its fine if it's not blessed, it wont come to life and destroy you while you sleep. By the way, if you doubt that Holy Water is special read some stories of exorcisms.

    added details ....Having statues doesn't mean we worship them... that would be like saying if you have a picture of your family on your wall then you must worship them or the paper that picture was printed on. God ordered statues placed on the Ark of the Covenant... He doesn't condemn the statues themselves, only the "worship" of graven images or idols. If you think we worship statues then you are confused on what worship is.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    By this holy water and by Your Precious Blood, wash away all my sins, O Lord.

    St. Theresa of Avila on holy water: "From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the cross, but return; so holy water must have great value."

    Holy water is a means of spiritual wealth -- a sacramental that remits venial sin. The Church strongly urges its use, especially when dangers threaten. The devil hates holy water because of its power over him. He cannot long abide in a place or near a person that is often sprinkled with this blessed water.

    Source(s): Catholic
  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Holy water is a sacramental, reminding us of our own baptisms in Christ. If you have a statue of a saint or angel, it's fine, blessed or unblessed; after all, such statues are merely reminders of the real thing.

  • 8 years ago

    Come on now. Most Christians either bless the food before they eat it at meals or give thanks for it before they eat. Are you telling us that to pray a blessing over the food we are going to eat is worshiping the food?

    Source(s): A Protestant that converted to Catholism.
  • 8 years ago

    Ephesians 6 tells us how to stand up against Satan and his demons.

    The Whole Armor of God

    10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

  • 8 years ago

    It seems like this is breaking one of the ten commandments, not to worship idols. I'm pretty sure a statue is considered an idol.

  • Bless it or not both unbiblical.

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