HAVE YOU WONDERED ABOUT…….OUR HOLY WATER

Holy Water is used to symbolize purification, blessing, dedication, and renewal of the baptismal covenant. Our parish places a “stoup” (basin) at the entrance of the sanctuary to make holy water available to those who enter the church. Those who wish to participate in the pious custom of “taking holy water” may touch it with the fingers, placing a drop of it on the forehead while making the sign of the cross on the forehead, chest, and shoulders. The early origin of this custom is evidenced by the presence of stoups for holy water in ancient basilicas.