What is holy water?

Holy Water is found at every Church entrance-no matter where in the world you may be! It is holy because it has been blessed by a priest. We, as Catholics use it to bless ourselves by dipping our fingers in it and making the sign of the cross as we enter into the Church. This action is a reminder of when we were blessed with the Holy Water at our Baptism. We also use Holy Water in the Sprinkling Rite- which we most often celebrate during the Easter season.

Julianne E. Wallace is the director of campus ministry at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is currently working on a D.Min. in Educational Leadership from Virginia Theological Seminary. She earned an M.T.S. in Word and Worship from the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. in Music Performance from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. Julianne is passionate about sharing the joy of liturgy with others and helping everyone to worship well.