The holy water is probably one of the most known objects in Christianity. Looking at it, there is really nothing special about it. In fact, it looks exactly the same as your regular water. However, this sacred object is used in so many ways in different religious activities. There are even different types of this water.
The holy water used in regular blessings is said to contain just consecrated salt. There is also a variant that contains oil which is typically used in baptisms. Then there is one that is blended with wine or ashes. This particular type is used to bless or declare churches.
Uses Of The Holy Water
The use of holy water is traced back all the way to ancient times in the bible. It has been mentioned even in the story of Moses. Although it has been around for that long and the variations of what it is made of and how it is created may have changed over the years, what it symbolizes remains the same. It purifies the object or person that it touches. You will see priests use it on the people attending the masses and when they bless a place or even sacred objects.
Apart from that, holy water is also used to ward off evil. In so many movies and literary novels, holy water is one of the basic weapons used against vampires and demons. While that may be far from reality, it is actually very close to how the Catholic Church uses holy water in the real world. Holy water is used for the ritual of exorcism which is a banishing ritual that is believed to push away demons from taking over regular people or objects.
That being said, you can actually take a bottle of holy water home from churches or religious stores that you can use for your personal needs. You can use it to bless your workstation, bedroom, religious items like rosary or bible, and you can use it to simply ward off any negativity in your space.
How To Make Your Own Holy Water
In general, most people believe that to make holy water, the water has to be blessed or consecrated by an ordained priest. However, if you want, you can try and follow some Catholic rituals and prayers that are done to create holy water. It will depend on your faith, however, whether or not you think that it can be considered as legit holy water. If in any case, you want to try making your own though, here is one way you can do it.
Making Holy Water With Catholic Prayers And Rituals
In this method, all you need is salt, water, and some prayers that you will have to recite. Follow these steps to begin making your holy water:
1. Make a consecrated salt.
Before you can start making holy water, you need to have a blessed salt first. Put in a separate bottle the salt you mean to use. You can take any kind of pure salts like Kosher or any natural salt that does not contain any added material. When you are all set to sanctify the salt, say the words from The Roman Ritual:
“Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. O salt, the creature of God, I exorcise you by the living God, by the true God, by the holy God, by the God who ordered you to be poured into the water by Eliseo the Prophet so that its life-giving powers might be restored. I exorcise you so that you may become a means of salvation for believers, that you may bring the health of soul and body to all who make use of you, arid that you may put to flight and drive away from the places where you are sprinkled every apparition, villainy, and turn of devilish deceit, and every unclean spirit, adjured by Him Who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen.”
There is also a prayer you can say when you are doing it with a companion or a witness. You can find them by searching The Roman Ritual online or purchasing the book in a catholic bookstore.
There is nothing specific about the bottle you will use for the salt. If you decide to bless more than you will use in your holy water, you can save it for later use. Just make sure you label the bottle to avoid using it in your next dishes.
2. Get water from a natural source.
It is highly recommended when concocting holy water that you take water from lakes or other natural sources instead of tap as the latter may contain chemicals like chlorine. If you use natural water, be sure that you get it filtered first as you wouldn’t want dirty holy water especially if you are planning to use it on your body or lips. If you don’t have any natural sources, a store-bought mineral or distilled water can also be used.
3. Consecrate your water.
Place your water in an open container like a wide bowl or basin. Before you mix your salt in it, you will have to exorcise the water of any negativity. From The Roman Ritual as well, you can find this one prayer to cleanse your water.
“O water, creature of God, I exorcise you in the name of God the Father almighty, and in the name of Jesus Christ His Son, our Lord, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. I exorcise you so that you may put to flight all the power of the Enemy, and be able to root out and supplant that Enemy with his apostate angels: through the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen.”
There is also a different prayer you can use if you are doing this with a witness involved.
4. Combine the water and the salt.
Now that you have prepared the water and the salt, the last step is to mix them together. Get a handful of your salt and slowly pour it in the basin with the water. You should pour the salt in the shape of a cross. As you do, say this prayer:
“May this salt and water be mixed together; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen”
If you have a witness, you should follow this up with “The Lord be with you”, to which they will respond, “May He also be with you”.
5. Sanctify your holy water.
Now that you have made your holy water, all you have left to do before you can use it is to bless the water itself. From the Novus Ordo Book of Blessings, you can get this prayer to bless the water:
“Blessed are you, Lord, Almighty God, who deigned to bless us in Christ, the living water of our salvation, and to reform us interiorly, grant that we who are fortified by the sprinkling of or use of this water, the youth of the spirit being renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit, may walk always in newness of life.”
When you have recited the prayer, gesture a sign of the cross over the water and you are done.
6. Store your holy water.
That’s it! You successfully concocted your own holy water. Keep it in a clean bottle or jar and label it as it is. You can even put some in a small spray bottle so you can easily sprinkle it in a room, object, or person you wish to bless.