holy water

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holy water,

in Christian churches, water blessed to symbolize spiritual cleansing. In Roman Catholic churches there is a bowl (stoup or font) of holy water near the doors, so that the faithful may bless themselves with it on entering. Holy water is a sacramentalsacramental,
in the Roman Catholic Church, aid to devotion that is not a sacrament. Sacramentals are commonly divided into six classes: prayer, anointing, eating, confession, giving, and blessings.
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 and is used in formal blessings, including the aspergesasperges
, ceremonial sprinkling of the people with holy water by the priest before the Sunday High Mass in the Roman Catholic Church. The accompanying antiphon begins, Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor
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Holy Water

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Water that is used in religious and/or magical rites. It is usually ordinary water to which salt has been added and that has been consecrated before use. In Witchcraft, this consecration is done by placing the forefinger or the tip of an athamé into the water while asking that all negativity be removed and all good enter into it.

It was once thought that Christian holy water was a powerful witch deterrent. It was also considered a protection from sickness and a cure for many ailments. In some towns and villages, churches had lockable lids fastened to the fonts to stop people from helping themselves to the powerful panacea.

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The would-be thieves smashed a large window to get into the church, then used fire extinguishers to try to break down doors, before leaving empty-handed - but not before someone urinated in the holy water font.
Holy water is used by Catholics to make the sign of the cross when they come into church and the stoup or font is usually by the entrance.
Shravan, is the month of water, so the devotees in this month offer liquid like milk, curd, holy water, ghee and honey praying for their prosperity, happiness and fulfilment of their wishes," said Pathak.
The study noted some ways to help address the problem, including regularly replacing holy water in church fonts.
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The Tamil Nadu police informed the Madurai High Court bench on Friday that they have filed a case against self-proclaimed Godman Nityananda and two others, for allegedly serving holy water mixed with drugs at the Adheenam mutt.
Inspired by the announcements that galleys will arrive to the port of Vardar, Erol Rizaov ironically wonders in Utrinski Vesnik whether there is something more normal than ships to sail in holy land and on shallow but holy water, airplanes to walk on streets, cars, buses and trucks to fly and trains to walk on foot.