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#1 qak

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:03 PM

Someone I know has started up a business making a product. This person is a devout Catholic.

This person is saying they make the product (or sprinkle them, or bless them) with Holy Water. Is Holy Water meant to be used like that?

#2 seayork2002

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:10 PM

From personal experience holy water is tap water blessed by a priest (correct definition of church leader person)

It does not 'exist' as such ie as in a product

#3 qak

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:14 PM

That's my understanding of what holy water is too - blessed by a priest.It's just the usage of it that is puzzling me!

Using it as a sales pitch doesn't sound very reverential to me?

#4 red_squirrel

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:16 PM

I imagine there are old laws on the books against this.

#5 nom_de_plume

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:19 PM

I will preface this by saying I am a massively lapsed Catholic but I don’t think there’s anything wrong per se with them using holy water to bless something. That’s kind of it’s purpose after all.

Holy water can be any kind of water that’s blessed by a priest. There are some sites where water is considered holy because a miracle occurred there such as Lourdes in France. I remember my Nonna going when I was young and bringing some back.

#6 red_squirrel

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:24 PM

Just to clarify, are they making their own supposed holy water, or selling real holy water?

The second would probably be fine.

#7 qak

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:29 PM

I don't know where they are getting it from, or if they are making it themselves (? not my idea of holy water!) but it's being used on (or in) a food product.

It's not holy water being sold in it's own right IYKWIM.

So is it OK for a layperson to bless items with holy water?

Edited by qak, 18 July 2019 - 10:30 PM.

#8 Freddie'sMum

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:34 PM

No, as a lapsed Catholic the only holy water I would agree that could be called "holy water" would be water that is blessed by a priest.

I don't believe a layperson can "bless" water and call it holy water.

#9 Jingleflea

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:41 PM

It's not meant to be used in cooking though, that just seems wrong and probably against all sorts of health and food standard laws, surely???

#10 got my tinsel on

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:41 PM

How is the foot item being marketed?  As having health benefits//miraculous benefits?

There must be some reason (in their mind anyway) they are even using holy water in the recipe.

#11 Datrys

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:51 PM

I was thinking "well, that sounds a bit unusual but is probably fine," (assuming it is actual holy water blessed by a priest) till you got to the mention of cooking with it.

I've never read any rules around it, but that seems a bit... off... to me.  Holy water is usually used by sprinkling over something/someone, not by consuming it.

#12 ELF_em_bee

Posted 18 July 2019 - 11:53 PM

No, that is weird.
Catholics don’t consume holy water.  I grew up Catholic, drinking it or putting it in food is weird.

In my experience the only person who could bless an item with holy water was a priest (unless of course you are blessing yourself with it by making the sign of the cross as you go into a church).  

I’d be dubious about any product that had “holy water” in it.

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