What is the purpose and meaning of holy water?

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Q: What is the purpose and meaning of holy water?

A: Holy water is a sacramental … an aid to holiness.

Ordinary water has always played a central role in the purification (washing) of worldly things.

Holy water … water that has been blessed by a Catholic priest or bishop … works the same way for people and things that have been set apart for service to God.

Blessing one’s self with holy water while making the sign of the cross recalls our baptism,  obtains forgiveness for venial sins, and rededicates our life to God.

The Bible shows us a world recreated and covered with water.  A world subsequently destroyed by water (Noah’s flood). And the Egyptian army drowned by water (Moses and the Red Sea) … saving God’s people.  John the Baptist baptized with water, in a universal call to repentance. Jesus spoke about “living water”. On the cross, blood and water poured from his pierced side, while water baptism … an essential sacrament of the Church … now serves as the entryway to all that the Kingdom of God has to offer.

Not surprisingly, devils and demons seem to find water … the ordinary kind … and especially the holy kind … totally repugnant.

All the more reason to use it frequently.

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What Do Palm Ashes Have In Common With Holy Water?

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Q: What Do Palm Ashes Have In Common With Holy Water?

A: When you burn palm leaves you get common, black carbon. When you burn hydrogen, you get clear water.

Both are types of ash.