Lent and Easter
in the Domestic Church

Craft: Holy Water for Your Home

Peter Fournier and Catherine Fournier

Page 67 in "Lent and Easter in the Domestic Church"

Every home should have a font for holy water by the front door, so that the family members can bless themselves as they enter and leave the house. This echoes both the blessing of the water at the Easter vigil and the Epiphany (CCC 1238, 1668-70).

Holy water can also be used at evening prayers to bless the children before they head off to bed. The father, in his office as head of the family (as Christ is Head of the Church), should bless his children every day.

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These special moments express his love and caring protection of them and give them the graces and confidence necessary to face both the challenges and trials of their growing lives. Holy water is also useful to bless a new house, a new car, the bedroom of the latest child having nightmares, an Advent wreath, the Christmas tree, and the Easter feast, and it may be used for other family celebrations and devotions.

Blessed holy water should be available at your church after Easter. Some churches have special dispensers with taps for holy water at the back of the church. In other parishes, you may have to ask the priest or sacristan for holy water. Bring a small bottle with you.

A useful little item is a"holy water sprinkler". Any member of the family old enough to handle a pocket knife can make one. The most important thing to remember when using a knife is to cut away from yourself.

Never point or push the knife blade toward your hand or body!

All you need is a six-inch stick from a tree or bush and your pocket knife.

And it's done!

Make several and give them away to your friends and relatives. Keep one with each font and bottle of holy water (recycled, small spice bottles are perfect for holy water). The holy water sprinkler is used by dipping it into the holy water and flicking the drops off its end, just as the priest does at Mass.