8 Ways to use Holy Water


 
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“From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the Cross, but return; so holy water must have great virtue. For my own part, whenever I take it, my soul feels a particular and most notable consolation.” – St. Teresa of Avila

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When we read this quote from St. Teresa of Avila, we should be reminded of the importance of holy water. As a recalling of our baptism and our baptismal promises, Catholics dip their fingers in the holy water and make the Sign of the Cross when entering a church.

Our baptismal promises included renouncing Satan and disdaining sin. However, we probably rarely bring this to mind and take holy water for granted most of the time.  Because we use it so regularly, it’s any easy thing to do.

We must remember that this water is blessed by God in virtue of Christ’s baptism.  The  Catholic  Church  possesses  enormous  power  of  imparting sacramental grace, and holy water as a sacramental receives its power through the prayer and authority of the Church.

The rite of blessing said over water by the priest to make it holy contains prayers of exorcism.  It can banish demons, heal the sick, and send unwarranted grace upon us, and yet most of the time we cross ourselves with this water without even thinking about how holy it really is.

Read the Catholic priest’s profound prayers of blessing over holy water here and find a downloadable PDF here.

The fact of the matter is that holy water is a powerful sacramental and we ought to use it daily.  To prevent us from using it without thinking, we should consciously find ways to use it more.  Holy water can be used to bless people, places, and things that are used by humans in their goal of glorifying God with their lives.

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8 ways to use holy water in

your everyday life:

 

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1. Bless yourself   This suggestion is obvious, but if we are only blessing ourselves with holy water on Sunday, then aren’t we missing out on the rest of the week?  You can never have too much grace or blessing in your life.  Use holy water daily.  Keeping a holy water font in the home is a great idea so that you, your family, and guests can be blessed in the comings and goings from your home.  Keep the font right by the front door to ensure you never leave home without it.

2. Bless your house  If you haven’t taken the time to bless your house with holy water, then no time is better than the present.  Your home is the domestic Church and is in need of spiritual protection.  You can sprinkle holy water in your home yourself, or have a priest formally bless your home using holy water as part of the blessing ceremony.

3. Bless your family Use holy water to pray and make the Sign of the Cross over your spouse and children before they go to sleep at night. Bonding the family to each other and to God in this way is a great family tradition to adopt. Keep a holy water bottle by the bedside for this purpose.

4. Bless your work space If you work outside of the home, sprinkling your work space with holy water is a great idea, not only for spiritual protection on the work front, but also to sanctify your daily work for the glory of God.

5. Bless your car  The car is probably the most dangerous place where you spend a significant amount of time daily. Never underestimate the power of holy water applied to your vehicle to keep you safe from harm’s way, when used in faith and trust in God.

6. Bless your vegetable garden It was a common practice in the Middle Ages for people to sprinkle their vegetable gardens with holy water.  In times when people were very dependent on crops for their livelihood, lack of rain or early frosts could be devastating. Using holy water to bless and sanctify the plants that would be used for the family’s sustenance showed their reliance on God’s grace.

7. Bless the sick  If you know of any sick friends or family, then blessing them with holy water probably counts as a corporeal and a spiritual work of mercy.  If you visit the sick in a hospital or nursing home, bless their living space with holy water as well and leave a holy water bottle with them as a comfort in their time of need.

8. Bless your pets Many parishes on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi have a rite of blessing for pets. Pets are loved companions for individuals and families and often provide a great service to them, and even these can be blessed with holy water because all creation has the end of giving glory to God. This also applies to livestock and farm animals that provide labor, livelihood, and nourishment to humans.

 

A simple prayer to say when using holy water:

 

There is no specific prayer that you must say when using holy water.  Keep in mind that the holy water has already been blessed by the prayers of the priest.

However, it is a good idea to pray as you are using holy water in order to specify your intention for using it and to express your faith in the spiritual power of this sacramental, such as with this simple prayer to Our Lord:

“By this holy water and by Your Precious Blood, wash away all my sins, O Lord. Amen.”

You should also make the Sign of the Cross as we do with all of our prayers, “In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Praying the Our Father (… deliver us from evil …) or even the St. Michael the Archangel prayer (… be our protection …) are also good ideas when using holy water.

 

How do you use holy water?

Holy water is one of those beautiful gifts (and spiritual weapons) from God to keep us sanctified and holy in our daily lives, and to keep the things we regularly use sanctified and holy. Hopefully if we stop and think of what a generous gift holy water is for us, we will use it more frequently, thoughtfully, and gratefully! Some parents even use holy water to bless things their children regularly use, such as bicycles and school books.  If you have other creative and faithful ways you use holy water to sanctify your everyday life, please comment below.

 

8 Ways to Use Holy Water


About Gretchen

Gretchen is a recent convert and completely in love with the Catholic faith. She is very active in her parish and has recently joined the Lay Dominicans. She holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics & currently works on copywriting, content marketing, and social media for The Catholic Company.
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71 Responses to 8 Ways to use Holy Water

  1. Shari Nerza says:

    Thank you for the reminders & infos. I carry with me holy water whenever i go out of the house for safety & protection . I’ve been looking for font for months now. Some are quite expensive, beyond my budget. I hope Jesus will lead me to a store where i can buy font that suits the wall near our front door. My mother told me before that i should be in state of grace when blessing the house or religious articles otherwise, a priest will do it for me.

  2. Beverly says:

    I read where if when you use Holy Water, you should ask God to also bless the souls in purgatory, sometimes the one blessing is all that is needed to release their suffering. I usually do this every time I sprinkle holy water even into the font at church.
    My mother used to place match sticks on our front steps when a storm was coming,, in the shape of a cross & cover it with blessed salt to protect us from harm. When a hurricane came once her house was the only one in the neighborhood just high enough not to flood, they also had use of their telephone when all others were without, people came from all over the neighborhood to call to let their families know they were ok, they also ate at my parents home until they could get out of harm.

  3. Joan Kochetta says:

    I am a Minister to the sick and I was told that I, as a lay person, could not bless another person; that only a Priest could do that. So what I do is carry with me the water bottle with me and ask if they would like to bless themselves. Incidentally the bottle contains water from Fatima, Lourdes and the Jordan. Any comments on this?

  4. Gretchen says:

    Hi Shari, you can find an affordable selection of holy water fonts at our online store here: https://www.catholiccompany.com/holy-water-bottles-fonts-c787/

  5. Gretchen says:

    Hi Joan, there are different kinds of blessings. Parents can give a blessing before meals, a blessing for their children, etc. There are some blessings that are only proper to a Catholic priest, for example the blessing of objects and special rites of blessings for specific intentions. And yes, you can carry holy water to allow people to make the sign of the cross with the water over themselves. Just make sure that your Lourdes water has been blessed by a priest.

  6. Debbie Clark says:

    I teach high school and I periodically bless each desk and doorway with holy water.

  7. Beverly Herron says:

    when I have a plant that just starts to wilt and die, I sprinkle a little holy water on it and it perks up! also, a little in the water when making a pot of coffee makes everyone sweet :)

  8. Judy Brenner says:

    i keep a bottle in my car

  9. Judy Brenner says:

    i keep a water bottle full of holy water in my car that a priest blessed my car with

  10. Darlynn Galipeau says:

    A dear priest friend gathered the holy water our son was baptized with and gave it to us. We use it for special occasions!

  11. Yoga Hanendra says:

    Thank you very much for this information.
    I hope GOD’s blessing fills us up everyday trough Holy Water we use in prayer and ecclestical activities.

  12. Liza Macaranas says:

    I once baptized a dog our first dog actually and we named her Proserfina ..I do believe as cathechist before that all baptized Catholic christians can baptize anyone in case of emergency or near death of anyone who did not receive any baptisms esp on babies.Through faith I apply it also to an animal like dog in my faith I believed dogs can go to heaven… So I used holy water upon baptizing her. I use to keep holy water at home blessed during holy Saturday on Lenten season being blessed by a priest .My daughters are her godmothers and she became a very good dog. She took care of her puppies each time she get pregnant she never abandoned them till their grown up. She’s a good companion to my family. I received many good remarks of her puppies been given away as good dogs too just ike their mom. One day she’s gone and never came home, that was a year ago she was beaten and ate in a birthday party of dog eaters and we mourn for her. I know she’s in the hand if God and she’s in heaven fir she’s a holy dog

  13. Liza Macaranas says:

    I used holy water during the super typhoon Santi hit the our country, we encouter last year. But before that I prepare myself to be in good faith I prayed the rosary under strong typhoon singing change my heart oh God while pacifying my children and let them sleep in fear of typhoon..when I looked at the window one roof is standing near our window and about to hit us ..I hurriedly get my children out of their bed down stairs then run to get the holy water from the altar and began to sprinkle it praying the I believe…then Our Father, Hail Mary and Gliry be…suddenly the typhoon stopped as soon I sit on the sofa we hear no more sound of strong wind…we reflect on passage in the bible about Jesus stops the storm while sailing on a boat with His disciples and tell my children the story

  14. Liza Macaranas says:

    Another one if you may?…my husband is about to go to his hometown province with 3 hours ride in his vehicle fully loaded and it is his very first time to travel alone…so I get the bottle of holy water and bless him and his trip together with his vehicle.
    After two days he came home don’t know what to say to me…so I ask ‘is there something happened? Any accident orare you lost? Trembling he stated to me that it his first time that happened to him to win in cockfight continuesly withiut lost bringing with him the blessed vehicle and he’s able to helped his companion that day in great need and he’s very happy that he helped him with his winnings though feeling guilty with the way helped financially. Then he believed in the power of the holy water same thing when he witness the 3rd time I used the holy water in typhoon the super typhoon Yolanda thay was the day of baptism of my youngest daughter he saw me I went upstairs to sprinkle holy water suddenly the rain stops and there’s the sunshine and a good weather.

  15. Maria says:

    I use holy water for new things and clothes…as well as for the souls in purgatory to reduce their suffering

  16. chayominjarez says:

    As of today, i will keep holy water by my door.God is always on my heart & soul…now even more so.

  17. Catherine says:

    Anyone can bless, not just priests. Parents frequently bless their children before bed and we can certainly bless ourselves and our food. We even say, “Bless you” when someone sneezes.

  18. Fe Buenavista says:

    We sprinkle Holy Water in our pillows and bed every night for a sound and peaceful sleep. Also, we bring Holy Water in the car in case of need along the way.

  19. Adell says:

    I was taught at a very young age to sprinkle Holy Water before moving into a new apartment or home that God will always be with us and keep us safe in our new dwelling. He always did through a tornado and hurricanes.

  20. MaLilia says:

    I have Holy water in my home I brought from Vatican ,I use it to Bless my friend’s house first time they move in ..I always believe the power of God through this holy water …I always prayer that God continue to guide and protect my family all my children ,brothers and sisters ,my relatives and friends,,,
    and I do not fail to thanks Him on everything I do ..

  21. Veronica says:

    Thank you everyone for your nice and true comments which i attest to.
    Its so blessed to have holy water all the time. Its powerful and Godly. Just have faith!

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