On Theophany, the Day of the Lord's Baptism, every year a
great miracle is performed. The
Holy Spirit, coming down upon the water, changes its natural properties. It
becomes incorrupt, not spoiling, remaining transparent and fresh for many years.
This Holy Water receives the grace to heal illnesses, to drive away demons and
every evil power, to preserve people and their dwellings from every danger, to
sanctify various objects whether for church or home use. Therefore, Orthodox
Christians with reverence drink Holy Water — a great Agiasma (holy thing), as
the Greeks call it.
One should always have at home
enough Theophany water to last the whole year, and make use of it at every
need: in cases of illness, leaving on a journey, whenever one is upset,
students prior to examinations, etc. People who drink a little Holy Water
daily, before eating any kind of food, do well. It strengthens the powers of
our soul—if it is done with prayer and reverence, and one does not merely
expect a mechanical result from it.
Every priest should take care to
bless a sufficient quantity of water for his church, so that it will be on hand
for the course of the whole year for every need and to be given out to those
who ask for it; and parishioners should provide themselves at Theophany with
Holy Water for the whole year and even so that it can be kept for future years.
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