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Old Oct 6, '12, 10:02 am
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Ok, so my Church never fills up the Holy water thingy were you get holy water to take home, can i just bring a bottle of water and ask the Priest to turn it to Holy Water? God bless
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Yes of course. In my parish people often bring a gallon of water and have it blessed. :-)
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Yes of course. In my parish people often bring a gallon of water and have it blessed. :-)
Ok, cool, thanks (: i just didn't want to look werid bringing a bottle of water in and asking him to bless it, and him looking at me werid xD
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Default Re: How to get Holy Water?

I seem to recall that Holy Water requires a special blessing.

I quote a few relevant things from here.

In the older rite (which priests may still use and we should feel free to kindly ask them to do so), Holy Water actually received an exorcism (first salt is exorcised and then blessed, then, water is exorcised and then blessed), and the prayer recited "pour forth your blessing + on this element".

The difference of the new rite with the older rite is not just that there is no exorcism or blending of exorcised and blessed salt. There is not explicit act of blessing. There is no sign of the cross indicated in the text. The words don’t say the water is blessed.

So serious was this issue at many different levels (not just, clearly, with holy water) that in a decree ‘Urbis et Orbis’ on the 14th of September, 2002 , the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments established that the sign of the cross must be made by the sacred ministers in all blessings even if there is no indication in the text itself.

Therefore, if water is blessed with the newer rite, it may become holy water, but there is a serious theological doubt on whether it is also blessed water. Many priests overcome the issue by simply employing the traditional blessing.

Why were those changes made? I am not sure.
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Ok, so my Church never fills up the Holy water thingy were you get holy water to take home, can i just bring a bottle of water and ask the Priest to turn it to Holy Water? God bless
Yes... of course you can!
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I asked my church's sacristan. He took me in the back room behind the altar, where there was a big water cooler dispenser thing, and filled me a small plastic holy water container. Ask your sacristan!
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Ok, so my Church never fills up the Holy water thingy were you get holy water to take home, can i just bring a bottle of water and ask the Priest to turn it to Holy Water? God bless
Yes. But bring clean fresh water, no pollution or questionable sources.

Another time to get blessed water is Easter morning just before sunrise from a clean source of natural water like a running brook. The water is blessed.
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I seem to recall that Holy Water requires a special blessing.

I quote a few relevant things from here.

In the older rite (which priests may still use and we should feel free to kindly ask them to do so), Holy Water actually received an exorcism (first salt is exorcised and then blessed, then, water is exorcised and then blessed), and the prayer recited "pour forth your blessing + on this element".

The difference of the new rite with the older rite is not just that there is no exorcism or blending of exorcised and blessed salt. There is not explicit act of blessing. There is no sign of the cross indicated in the text. The words don’t say the water is blessed.

So serious was this issue at many different levels (not just, clearly, with holy water) that in a decree ‘Urbis et Orbis’ on the 14th of September, 2002 , the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments established that the sign of the cross must be made by the sacred ministers in all blessings even if there is no indication in the text itself.

Therefore, if water is blessed with the newer rite, it may become holy water, but there is a serious theological doubt on whether it is also blessed water. Many priests overcome the issue by simply employing the traditional blessing.

Why were those changes made? I am not sure.
THIS, by all means! Have the water and salt both exorcised, and the third blessing said over the mixture. It doesn't take much salt to make it work.
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Another thing you can do is look at other parishes in your area. I know that at least two within reasonable driving distance in my own area have water coolers specifically designated to hold holy water for parishioners.
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