Friday, February 27, 2009

Why, oh why is the holy Water gone in the Church!!?????
Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university.

As Lent approaches I wish to deal with some questions which we have addressed in previous years but which are continually raised.One refers to the novel practice of removing holy water from the stoops during Lent. We explained on March 23, 2004, why this should not be done, quoting from an official reply of the Congregation for Divine Worship (3/14/03: Prot. N. 569/00/L).

To wit:"This Dicastery is able to respond that the removing of Holy Water from the fonts during the season of Lent is not permitted, in particular, for two reasons:

"1. The liturgical legislation in force does not foresee this innovation, which in addition to being 'praeter legem' is contrary to a balanced understanding of the season of Lent, which though truly being a season of penance, is also a season rich in the symbolism of water and baptism, constantly evoked in liturgical texts.

"2. The encouragement of the Church that the faithful avail themselves frequently of the sacraments is to be understood to apply also to the season of Lent. The 'fast' and 'abstinence' which the faithful embrace in this season does not extend to abstaining from the sacraments or sacramentals of the Church.

"The practice of the Church has been to empty the Holy Water fonts on the days of the Sacred Triduum in preparation of the blessing of the water at the Easter Vigil, and it corresponds to those days on which the Eucharist is not celebrated (i.e., Good Friday and Holy Saturday)."

Why does the pastor of the parish my family attend NOT HEED THIS!!!??????



Adrienne said...

Take him the pertinent documents and ask him if he won't reconsider putting the holy water back...

Aussie Therese said...

I am so glad this hasn't taken off here yet. I haven't walked into any churches in Australia with Holy Water gone.

Many prayers for your pastor Ebeth.


Laura said...

Holy water is a sacramental, one of those blessed gifts of grace that help us in holiness. WHY in the WORLD would anyone - any responsible sensitive insightful pastor, no less! - want to deprive us of the help we need during the single most spiritually combative season of the entire year?

You have my prayers.

Elizabeth Foss said...

This frustrated me so much last year--
that I stockpiled this year. I have a stash to last until Easter:-)