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Old 09-23-2014, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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As I prepared to leave church after Mass last Sunday, I saw some new vehicles with their doors, trunks, and hoods open parked near my car. Our priest walked into the parking lot and performed a ceremony in which he blessed these vehicles. They had been purchased by Filipinos who had become certified as nurses and would begin work at a hospital in a nearby town the following Monday. In the past, the priest had mentioned blessing Filipinos' vehicles. Is it a common tradition?
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Old 09-23-2014, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Filipinas
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As I prepared to leave church after Mass last Sunday, I saw some new vehicles with their doors, trunks, and hoods open parked near my car. Our priest walked into the parking lot and performed a ceremony in which he blessed these vehicles. They had been purchased by Filipinos who had become certified as nurses and would begin work at a hospital in a nearby town the following Monday. In the past, the priest had mentioned blessing Filipinos' vehicles. Is it a common tradition?
Well, in my hometown church they actually do automobiles blessing. To protect them from their journey, you can even see some vehicles they also hanging religious item in front of the car like to guide them on their way travelling.


Our Car's Blessing @Manaoag Church - YouTube
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Old 09-23-2014, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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One of the vehicles was parked so close to the drivers' side of my car that I couldn't get in and leave. I stayed and watched. My car got blessed too!
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Old 09-24-2014, 04:44 PM
 
Location: USA
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As I prepared to leave church after Mass last Sunday, I saw some new vehicles with their doors, trunks, and hoods open parked near my car. Our priest walked into the parking lot and performed a ceremony in which he blessed these vehicles. They had been purchased by Filipinos who had become certified as nurses and would begin work at a hospital in a nearby town the following Monday. In the past, the priest had mentioned blessing Filipinos' vehicles. Is it a common tradition?
Not just Filipinos, Thais do it as well.
New vehicle is driven to the temple for the Monk's blessing.

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Old 09-25-2014, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Florida & Cebu, Philippines
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I have found Filipinos to sometimes be superstitious, so yes many get their cars blessed but a lot of religions and beliefs bless cars, we had some friends visit not long after we got a new car and they tossed coins into our new car for good luck, which makes it hard to vacuum.
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Old 09-25-2014, 11:34 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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As I prepared to leave church after Mass last Sunday, I saw some new vehicles with their doors, trunks, and hoods open parked near my car. Our priest walked into the parking lot and performed a ceremony in which he blessed these vehicles. They had been purchased by Filipinos who had become certified as nurses and would begin work at a hospital in a nearby town the following Monday. In the past, the priest had mentioned blessing Filipinos' vehicles. Is it a common tradition?
Tibetans sometimes do that, and some Americans who are Tibetan Buddhists, or are friends of Tibetans, also do that.
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Old 09-27-2014, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Jersey
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Is there any significance in having the doors, hood, and trunk open?
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Old 09-27-2014, 11:24 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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In Sri Lanka do that too as my mother says. I think it is quiet normal thing in Asia.
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Old 09-28-2014, 01:40 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Didn't know God created automobiles
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Old 09-28-2014, 02:01 AM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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Didn't know God created automobiles
Blessing automobiles gives you the feeling that God is going to protect you while driving along with hanging rosaries on the mirror inside the cars.
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