"By this holy water and by Thy Precious Blood wash away all my sins, O Lord."

I can not sleep at night unless I have blessed myself and my entire house with holy water. Every night before bed I get my holy water bottle. I pour a small amount on my index and middle fingers. I bless myself by making the Sign of the Cross and then I make a smaller cross on my forehead for purity of mind, a second small cross on my throat for purity in speech, and a third small cross on my chest for purity of heart. Then I go into each room of the house (including the bathrooms) and say (while making the Sign of the Cross in the air much like the Priest does when giving his blessing) "I bless this room in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit! Amen." What one must remember although holy water is a powerful means of protection against evil, one must have FAITH when using it. Because whatever you believe in you give power. Faith can move mountains! Jesus said to them "Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move.
Nothing will be impossible for you." Matthew 17:20

 
 

HOLY WATER

A means of

SPIRITUAL WEALTH

Holy water is a sacramental that remits venial sin. Because of the blessing attached to it, Holy Church strongly urges its use upon her children, especially when dangers threaten, such as fire, storms, sickness and other calamities. Every Catholic home always should have in it a supply of holy water.

We do not take advantage of the benefits derived from holy water.

LET US CULTIVATE ITS USE

Untold spiritual wealth is concentrated in a tiny drop of blessed water.

And we give it so little thought!

Did we realize now, as we shall realize after death, the many benefits which may be derived from holy water, we would use it far more frequently, and with greater faith and reverence.

Holy water has its great power and efficacy from the prayers of the Church, which its Divine Founder always accepts with complacency.

The following are some of the Petitions that the Priest makes to God when he blesses water.

"O God,.....grant that this creature of Thine (water) may be endowed with divine grace to drive away devils and to cast out diseases, that whatever in the houses or possessions of the faithful may be sprinkled by this water, may be freed from every thing unclean, and delivered from what is hurtful....Let everything that threatens the safety or peace of the dwellers therein be banished by the sprinkling of this water; so that the health which they seek by calling upon Thy Holy Name may be guarded from all assault."

Prayers Effective

These prayers ascend to Heaven each time you take holy water and sprinkle a drop either for yourself or for another whether he be present or absent; and God's blessings descend for soul and body.

Dispel the Devil

The devil hates holy water because of its power over him. He can not long abide in a place or near a person that is often sprinkled with this blessed water.

Do your dear ones live at a distance?

Holy water, sprinkled with faith and piety, can move the Sacred Heart to bless your loved ones and protect them from all harm of soul and body. When worry and fear take possession of your heart, hasten to your holy water font, and give your dear ones the benefit of the Church's prayers.

THE HOLY SOULS LONG FOR IT

Only in Purgatory can one understand how ardently a poor soul longs for holy water. If we desire to make a host of intercessors for ourselves, let us try to realize now some of their yearnings, and never forget them at the holy water font. The holy souls nearest to Heaven may need the sprinkling of only one drop to relieve their pining souls.

 

Remits Venial Sins

Because holy water is one of the Church's sacramentals, it remits venial sin. Keep your soul beautifully pure in God's sight by making the Sign of the Cross carefully while saying,

"By this holy water and by Thy Precious Blood wash away all my sins, O Lord."

 

Imprimatur: Albert G. Meyer Archbishop of Milwaukee, Jan. 13, 1958

 

 

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Read what St. Teresa of Avila had to say about her experience with holy water.........

St. Teresa of Avila wrote:

"From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the cross, but return; so holy water must have great value. For my own part, whenever I take it, my soul feels a particular and most notable consolation. In fact, it is quite usual for me to be conscious of a refreshment which I cannot possibly describe, resembling an inward joy which comforts my whole soul. This is not fancy, or something which has happened to me only once it has happened again and again and I have observed it most attentively. It is let us say, as if someone very hot and thirsty were to drink from a jug of cold water: he would feel the refreshment throughout his body. I often reflect on the great importance of everything ordained by the Church and it makes me very happy to find that those words of the Church are so powerful that they impart their power to the water and make it so very different from water which has not been blessed."

"One night, too, about this time, I thought the devils were stifling me; and when the nuns had sprinkled a great deal of holy water about I saw a huge crowd of them running away as quickly as though they were about to fling themselves down a steep place."

"I will only describe something that happened to me one night of All Souls. I was in an oratory: I had said one nocturn and was repeating some very devotional prayers which follow it -- they are extremely devotional: we have them in our office-book -- when actually the devil himself alighted on the book, to prevent me from finishing the prayer. I made the sign of the Cross and he went away. I then began again and he came back. I think I began that prayer three times and not until I had sprinkled some holy water on him could I finish it. At the same moment I saw several souls coming out of purgatory: their time there must have been nearly up and I thought that perhaps the devil was trying to impede their deliverance."

 

 

The song on this page is "Asperges Me"
from the the album O Lux Beatissima.

Asperges is Latin for to wash, sprinkle.

"Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, O Lord, and I shall be cleansed;
Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow."

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