holy water

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holy water

n.
Water blessed by a priest and used for religious purposes.

holy water

n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) water that has been blessed by a priest for use in symbolic rituals of purification

ho′ly wa`ter


n.
water blessed by a priest.
[before 900]
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Noun1.holy water - water that has been blessed by a priest for use in symbolic purificationholy water - water that has been blessed by a priest for use in symbolic purification
H2O, water - binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade; widely used as a solvent
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In this article we would like to share some of the learning we have gleaned from one another and our conversations, including the challenges posed by eco-justice advocates to the churches in their liturgical use of water and the challenges that the liturgical tradition poses in the context of the water crisis.
We have wondered whether part of the reason that the sacramental and liturgical use of water has played such a weak role in Christian discourse on the environmental and accessibility issues around of water lies in the all too frequent impoverished use of water in baptism in particular and in the liturgical life of the church in general.