Today, being Palm Sunday, our town's churches did the usual ecumenical blessing of the palms in the park nearest to all the churches. All the Protestant denominations met there along with the Catholics and held a prayer gathering before going to their respective churches for their Sunday services, or in our case, Sunday Mass. What bothers me is that it was the Anglican priest who blessed the palms. Yes, he used holy water from the Catholic Church in his blessing, but can he actually confer the blessing of God on these palms to make them sacramentals of the Catholic Church?
Sacramentals are holy things or actions that the Church makes use of to obtain for us God's blessings in spiritual and temporal matters. Priests are authorized to give the blessing for sacramentals, with the exception of those especially reserved to the bishop. I doubt if an Anglican priest can authoritatively bless palms in the name of the Catholic Church, thus making them sacramentals of the Church. Wouldn't it be the same as if a member of the laity blessed these palms? I am aware that the more piety a person possesses, the greater are the effects of a private blessing, but I'm really left wondering if these palms have any true sacramental value as a blessed object of devotion.