I’m thinking about buying a holy water font for my home, and as I’m a rather new Catholic, I want to make sure I’m not inadvertently doing anything wrong or disrespectful.
First, I assume it’s OK to have one–I see “holy water fonts for the home” for sale online.
Second, I would have it blessed before setting it up (although it’s my understanding that blessing anything isn’t a requirement, but just nice to do–obviously, the holy water will already be blessed. I am personally really big on having stuff blessed, and I’m sure the priests at my parish groan inwardly when they see me coming, dragging along anything and everything that I can physically haul with me. ).
Now, as far as actually using it…
Is there any sort of “rule” for how often the water should be changed? I imagine that it would get somewhat dirty after a few days, if it doesn’t all evaporate first.
How does one go about changing the water in a respectful manner? Please keep in mind that I’ve never actually seen a font close-up–is the “cup” part (that actually holds the water) removable, so I could pour the water out (and into the ground–I do know enough not to pour it down the drain!)? Or will I have to set the font up in such a way that the whole thing is easily removable (i.e., sit on a table or hang by a hook, as opposed to being nailed to the wall)? I don’t know if it’s “technically” wrong or not, but it doesn’t seem right to me to just use a paper towel to soak up the remainder.
Are there any specific uses for a home font, or any inappropriate uses that I should avoid? I just felt moved to get one; I don’t have any specific use in mind, other than it seems nice to have my holy water out in the open rather than bottled up. I suppose I would use it just as I use the fonts in church–dip my finger in the water, then cross myself. How do people use home fonts?