Did you know that BLESSED SALT is a sacramental?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Catholic : One Thread
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-- A Friend (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 09, 2004
-- The Bumper (email@example.com), January 09, 2004.
Blessed salt was always used in the Traditional (pre-Vatican II) Rite of Baptism (whether or not that's been "updated" out of existence, I don't know. I'm sure someone will be along shortly to beat me over the head with the requisite re-education.
In any event, here's the prayer that the Church puts on the priest's lips as he's giving the Blessed salt:
(Name, receive this salt, learning from it how to relish what is right and good. May it make your way easy to eternal life.
Let us pray.God of our fathers, O God with whom all truth begins, look upon thy servant (Name) who now has tasted salt as the first nourishment at thy table. Do not leave her hungry. Give to her soul food in abundance, that she may be eager, hopeful and lighthearted in the service of thy Name. Lead her we pray thee, to the waters of new Life, that, with all who are faithful to thee, she may merit the eternal rewards thou hast promised. Through Christ our Lord.
It saddens me that blessed salt is being used in "charismatic healing and deliverance services," as reported by your link.
-- jake (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 09, 2004.
Father Corapi, expert on catechism, of EWTN, advocates the ingestion of the basic sacramentals of holy water (comprised of holy water and holy salt), holy salt, and holy oil. One may drink holy water (from a clean source), sprinkle holy salt on food, and use holy oil in cooking. The creatures holy water, holy salt, and holy oil, all received exorcism, therefore the prayer remains and affects the person who partakes of them.
Saint Teresa of Avila testifies on the great effectiveness of holy water against evil Satan.
-- +H2O (email@example.com), January 12, 2004.