PATRIARCHAL AERARIUM

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Requested Apostolic Blessings from His Holiness and Eminence the Archfather-Prince of Rome may be issued in commemoration of specific events or as general blessings. Blessings are printed in either 8.5x11" or 18x24" sizes bearing the seal of the Patriarchal Aerarium and signed by the Archfather or one of the curial officials. The blessing parchments are typically illuminated in various designs and may be decorated with images of the historic churches and heraldic symbols of the Patriarchate.

What is an Apostolic Blessing?

An Apostolic blessing in general is a type of sacramental given by the Archfather by his Apostolic authority. It conveys a plenary indulgence under the usual norms of receiving it. The Apostolic Blessing is most formally given on solemn occasions, often after liturgy, and in the special Blessing Ex Urbe given by the Archfather on Easter, Christmas, and other times throughout the year. Bishops may also give the blessing in their own jurisdictions three times a year using a prescribed form.

In its written form, the Apostolic Blessing may come at the conclusion of a letter or be a special document, such as the ones provided by the Patriarchal Aerarium. In the case of a blessing document parchment, the plenary indulgence is often mentioned, referencing that the plenary indulgence is at the hour of death. The typical text for a blessing certificate translates into English as:

Most Blessed Archfather,
[Name of Recipient]
humbly prostrate at the foot of Your Holy Eminence, beg the Apostolic Benediction
and a Plenary Indulgence to be gained at the hour of death, on condition that, bein
truly sorry for his/her/their sins, but unable to confess them and to receive the holy
Viaticum, he/she/they shall at least invoke with his/her/their lips or heart the Holy Name of Jesus.
Given at Florence-New Rome [date].
The requested blessing is willingly given.
Signature of the Archfather or designated official.

As an element of the charitable work of the Patriarchate, blessings are processed through the Prefecture of the Patriarchal Aerarium. Proceeds go to support the work of the Church.

Archpatral Apostolic Blessings may be granted for the following specific occasions:

1. Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, or Reception into the Church
2. Marriage
3. Ordination to the Holy Orders
4. Religious Profession
5. Secular Consecration
6. Anniversaries or Marriage, Ordination, or Religious Profession
8. Birthdays
9. Christian individuals, families, or organizations

Other occasions are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Send a request for a blessing by email.

 

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