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Yesterday, I wrote a short article on the life of St. Maurus in light of recent statistics about Catholicism in France.

Today, however, I would like to share with you a special Benedictine Blessing of the Sick in honor of St. Maurus.  This blessing originates with the great veneration which the Benedictines have for the Most Holy Cross of Our Lord. In times past, the sick were blessed by a relic of the True Cross when a monk visited their houses or when they were in attendance at church. For centuries, there had been various formulas that were used invoking St. Maurus. It was not until the 1950s that the blessing under discussion was approved by the Holy See.

The priest asks that the person being blessed arise and be cured in the name of Our Lord, St. Benedict, and St. Maurus. In a way, this blessing is a sacramental.

You can find an English version of the Blessing of St. Maurus here.

St. Maurus, pray for us and for all who invoke your aid!

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