Holy water is special water considered powerful. It is widely used in Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran Synods, and other churches.
However, people who use holy water do so for spiritual reasons. They believe it can cast out demands, heal, bless and protect one from evil spirits.
Holy water is natural water, but an ordained priest must have prayed over it. It is usually available in catholic churches, but lately, many so-called retailers looking to sell anything of value have started listing holy water online.
Now, this takes us to a very crucial question.
Can you buy holy water?
No, you cannot. The Bible says, “Freely you have received, and freely you shall give.” This quote is from the book of Mathew 10 verse 8. The Bible is trying to explain that the power of God is free.
So, since the priests got the power freely, they’re obliged as Christians to heal the sick, cast out demons, and raise the dead freely. Thus, holy water prayed over by an ordained priest cannot be bought.
Christians also believe it is a sin for someone to obtain holy water from a priest with the mind of selling it. It would even be much better if you give the water out to a friend or someone in need without requesting a penny.
Furthermore, if you’re planning to buy holy water you came across online, you’re making the wrong decision. The water might be ordinary water poured into a container with a nice-looking label “Holy Water from the Vatican.” You won’t get any results by using such water.
Keep reading to learn more about holy water.
How Can You Get Holy Water?
Holy water is free. You also do not have to be a Christian to obtain or use holy water. You can get this spiritual item in several ways. Let’s discuss each of them right away.
#1: Visit your local church:
If you’re an existing Catholic Church member, chances are you already know how to obtain holy water from the church. If you’re a newcomer to the Catholic faith or from another church, you can always get holy water from the church venue.
Most Catholic churches make fountains available within church premises, with the water already blessed by an ordained priest. You can fill up your container with water from the fountain.
However, if you’re unsure whether a priest has blessed the water, ask the people around for clues. You can also ask other church members whether one can take water from the fountain. But if you’re too shy to ask someone, observe if others are taking water from the fountain as you intended.
#2: Take your water to the priest:
Priests are very kind people. They will listen to you even if you’re not a member of the church. So, if you want holy water, get a neat container, fill it with water to any level you wish, and take it to the priest in your catholic church.
If you’re lucky to meet him at the office, request he blesses the water for you, and he’ll gladly do it without asking a penny from you.
A Handy Tip: You need water without additives, so tap water is unsuitable. Get your water from a nearby lake, stream, or river, if you can.
Only use tap water or distilled water if you cannot get water from a stream, river, or lake.
#3: Make your holy water:
Can you make holy water? Yes, you can. Do you need a priest to bless the water? No, you don’t. But if you have the means, you can approach the priest to bless the water. There’s nothing wrong with doing that.
How can you make holy water? Firstly, it all boils down to your faith. How much confidence do you have in God? Are you a Christian? Do you know the Roman Catholic ritual (a special prayer offered to God)?
All these are questions you should be asking yourself before you proceed. Now, let’s dive in and discuss how to make holy water.
Get your salt and have it consecrated:
The first item you need is salt. Salt is powerful, and even the Holy Bible recognizes it. Now, get your salt ready for the creation of your holy water.
After acquiring the salt, please put it in a container and consecrate it. The consecration involves making the salt holy. And remember to get pure natural rock salt or kosher salt for this.
It would be best if you had pure salt. In other words, one that is additive-free. Now, bless your salt by saying the following Roman ritual. Since you’re blessing the salt, only read the exorcism of salt.
Get your water ready and exorcize it:
You need to fetch your water from a nearby stream, lake, or river. Then filter it into a bowl. Ensure there’s no dirt in the water. You don’t want to end up having dirty or smelly holy water because of impurities in the water you brought from the stream, lake, or river.
After pouring the water into the bowl, exorcize it. You can find the right prayer to exorcize your water here.
Pour the salt into the exorcized water:
Now that you have blessed the salt and water, it is time to mix them. However, you cannot just pour salt into the water carelessly. Do so gently.
You have to use the salt to make the “sign of the cross” as you pour them into the bowl of water, using your bare hands. You can also pour it directly, but don’t forget to make the sign of the cross while doing so.
Now, say a word of prayer. Combine the water and salt in the name of the father, son, and the Holy Ghost.
Bless your holy water:
The final step is to bless the water. You need to say a word of prayer upon the water. However, the prayer shouldn’t be any prayer, but one from the highly revered Novus Ordo Book of Blessings.
Start using the holy water:
The holy book of the Christians, the Bible, says, “Without faith, it is difficult for a person to please God.” So, you must have faith that the power of God has come upon your water.
Now, start applying the water to your house. You can apply it upon anything you want God’s power to come upon.
A Handy Tip: Truly, holy water is holy when blessed by an ordained priest. But that doesn’t mean one prepared by a Christian with strong faith and a relationship with God cannot be holy water. You can make yours for personal use. Have faith, and it will work for you like any other holy water out there.
Is Drinking Holy Water A Sin Against God?
No, it is not a sin. Feel free to do so if you believe you’ll be made whole by drinking holy water. There’s nothing sinful about it.
However, you have to be careful of whatever you take into your stomach. Ensure the water is clean and safe for drinking before consuming it.
Is It Okay To Refill Holy Water?
Yes, you can refill your holy water to ensure you don’t run out of supply. There is nothing wrong with filling holy water. It won’t reduce the potency of the water.
The only thing you need to consider is the neatness of the water. Do not mix it with your existing holy water if it is not clean. Make sure you filter the dirt away before pouring it into the sacred water container.
Can you buy holy water? No, you can’t and shouldn’t. If anyone tries to sell holy water to you, avoid them. The water they’re selling to you might be ordinary water.
So, do not pay for holy water. Priests also do not charge money when asked to bless a member’s holy water. Catholic churches with fountains where members can fetch holy water do not request payment.
We also shared tips on how to make holy water at home. You can read the tips and follow them. But remember, your faith makes the holy water potent for you. So, if you believe it, it would work for you.