✝ Holy Water ✝

 "Holy water is a proven way of helping to avoid sin and the occasions of sin, to keep God’s commands, to make use of the means of grace and to lead a pious Christian life.”
~Henry Theiler

Water has been a symbol of importance throughout history It is believed that the use of holy water dates to the first century. Sources relate its early usage to St. Matthew, although written documentation (Old Testament) date its usage to the third to fourth century.

In Christianity, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Anglicanism, Oriental Orthodoxy and some other religions, Holy Water is water that has been blessed/sanctified by a priest/minister for the purpose of baptism, blessing of persons, places, and objects, or as a means of repelling evil. 

Holy Water is a signal of God’s creative power (Genesis 1:2)
Holy Water is a metaphor of life spiritually for Jehovah (Isaiah 55:1-2)
Holy Water is an agent of healing (2 King’s 5:10)
Holy Water is cleansing and a vessel for heart and spirit (Ezekiel 36:25)
Holy Water aids in sin repentment and forgiveness (Matthew 3:11)

In the New Testament, Christ identifies himself with the Living Water (John 7:37-39). Baptism in water is necessary for our salvation and repentance, as Jesus himself said, “unless a man be born of water and the Holy Ghost” he cannot be saved (John 3:5).

For Christians, water is strongly bonded to the reminder of Baptism, which is one of their most significant life events. In baptism, we are freed from sin, born anew spiritually, and adopted into the covenant family of God. Many of the saints, coveted the place and day of their baptism just as we would celebrate birthdays. St. Louis de Montfort changed his last name to “de Montfort” since it was the place of his baptism. 

Today we are not bound to perform those ceremonies, but the fact holy water was used at all proves that it is not a superstitious or invalid practice.