A Few of the Top Uses of Holy Water


From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again.  They also flee from the Cross, but return; so holy water must have great virtue.  For my own part, whenever I take it, my soul feels a particular and most notable consolation.” – St. Teresa of Avila

When I read this quote from St. Teresa of Avila, I was reminded of the importance of holy water.  I think that most of the time we take holy water for granted.  This water is blessed by GOD! It can banish demons, heal the sick, and send unwarranted grace upon us, and yet most of the time I just cross myself with it without even thinking.  The fact of the matter is that holy water is a powerful sacramental and we ought to use it daily.  Here is a list of some important ways to use holy water in your everyday life.

St. Teresa of Avila

St. Teresa of Avila

1. Bless yourself –  Yes this suggestion is obvious, but if we are only blessing ourselves on Sunday, then aren’t we missing out on the rest of the week?  You can never have too much grace or blessings in your life.  I am a huge advocate for home holy water fonts so that you and your guests can be blessed in your comings and goings to and from your home.  Use it every day! If you haven’t considered getting a holy water font for your home or the home of a loved one, then you ought to consider it.

2. Bless your house –  If you haven’t taken the time to bless your house with holy water, then no time is better than the present.  Now I wouldn’t bless my house primarily to keep it from destruction, natural disasters, or from feeling the effects of aging, but rather I would bless it as a measure to ward off evil spirits.  They do exist, as St. Teresa says, “I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight.”  You can sprinkle holy water in your home yourself, or have a priest formally bless your home using holy water as part of the blessing ceremony.

3. Bless your car –  I will be the first to admit that I am not the most defensive driver, and yet up until this point I have managed to avoid getting pulled over by the police and, more importantly, I have avoided getting into an accident.  Call me crazy, but I think that the holy water applied to the cars that I have driven might have a little something to do with it. You can also have a priest bless your car with holy water as well!

4. Bless the sick –  If you know of any sick friends or family, then I urge you to consider blessing them with holy water.  The holy water from Lourdes is known to have incredible healing power, and of course regular holy water has many healing properties as well because it is blessed by a priest. There are lots of holy water bottles available to help you transport the water to the homes of your loved ones.

Holy water is one of those beautiful things that we have simply become used to and have therefore taken for granted, like the Eucharist, saintly intercession, the rosary, the Catholic Bible, etc.  Hopefully if we stop and think of what a great blessing holy water is for us, we will use it more thoughtfully and gratefully! How do you use holy water in your life?  Do you have a holy water font in your home?

Copyright 2012 Kathleen Wellman


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  1. This made me smile. A friend of mine brought back a bottle of holy water from Lourdes, which I kept in my night stand drawer until I was married. After I started having babies, it some how ended up in the diaper bag. When a some one asked me why I kept it there, I replied, “a Catholic mother has to be prepared for anything”. Did I drive off evil spirits with it Buffy style? No. But I did bless a few sick kids…

  2. Was very sick for the last two weeks, sinsus hurting, earaches, led to a very high fever (102 F). coughing, sore throat. Put Holy Water from Our Lady of Lourdes all over my throat, on the glands under the ears, over my sinsus. Woke up the next morning…. fever gone, had chest x-ray done…. neg. Did not need antibiotics, or any medicine. Amazing, how each day, it got better . I knew that morning when I awoke, it was the Holy Water. It turned around so quickly. I can only Thank Jesus and Mary for this great Blessing. I know How bad I felt and how soon it regrouped. Thank you Blesed Mary and Jesus.

    • I was given a bottle of Holy Water for my sister who is in assisted living….hospice.it is my belief that the Holy Water will be great blessings for her.I do not think she will rise up and be healed ..she has been bedridden for months and months. I do believe it will give her peace knowing that Jesus has washed away her sins with His blood on the cross.

  3. Mine has gone in coffee, gravy and other foods requiring water. I have used it to bless my house, car, kids and various articles. I have a dear priest friend who blesses a big jug of it (with the approved blessings of the Church, and with blessed salt) so I don’t have to empty the container at Church. Holy water is such an awesome gift to Catholics!

  4. I agree 100%!! My husband and I use holy water daily. We bless ourselves before leaving the house. We also bless our car, our house (especially before a storm), and when we pray. I blessed my car once before driving home at night in the pitch dark on the highway in a severe thunderstorm with torrential rain. I made it home safe too with the help of my guardian angel. Holy water is powerful! Great article!

    • Hello,

      I was wondering if someone can advice me how to go about formally getting some Holy water from the church. When do I approach the priest?

      • Lesha, in most parishes, there will be a holy water dispenser in an accessible part of the church. You might call your parish office to ask where that is located and be sure to bring a bottle with you.

      • Iesha,

        You could approach him outside Mass times which would be printed somewhere – check noticeboards, or just ask someone. Or you could just ask parishioners to help you get some. You only need a wee bit, and then top up with ordinary clean water, and all of it will become blessed water. When you’re running low again, just top up with clean water again. You don’t need to go get more from the church. This was what was told to me by my priests.

        Hope this helps.

      • Most Catholic Churches have a Holy Water supply available for all parishioners somewhere in your church. Ask the priest or inquire at the rectory where to find it. You’ll need some type of bottle with a lid to hold the blessed water. Catholic supply stores sell holy water plastic bottles. God bless you in your quest.

  5. I had a fairly recent and uncanny first encounter with a Monk actually, (I think? At least he had a hooded robe on with a rope tied around his waste?), when I went to get a Saint Benedict’s Rosary at the Portland, OR Grotto. This was suggested to me by someone who thought I really needed it in a more supernatural kind of way. Too long to explain. Anyway, I’m not Catholic but I did as she said and bought some things from the gift shop and had them blessed along with my gold Saint Christopher’s necklace and wedding ring. I guess I should have read “How To Be Blessed By A Priest” before I went because I was not prepared for what happened next. First I was expecting to walk in and to the back of the old store to see if a priest had time to come out to bless my items but they called ahead and someone had just walked in so I could do it. On my way down there were many tourists, etc., and I saw what I think was a monk but he was just standing outside on the path watching me walk towards the place I needed to be. As I got closer, I just knew he was waiting for me personally. I thought maybe it was because I had a little gift bag but when I looked around, so did many others. This was quite odd I thought. As I came closer someone was holding the door open for me to come in and when I hesitated, he motioned me towards him. So, kind of freaked out I went to him and he led me into a tiny office with nothing but a desk and a chair. Not even any paper! I put my stuff out on the desk and he said a prayer and put holy water on them. This is the part that came out of nowhere, he squared off with me, took one step back and said a prayer in another language, Latin I’m guessing and proceeded to squirt lots of cold Holy Water over my face and chest three times. It was cold and I was shocked so I caught my breath, said thank you and left. What should I have done? And, why did he throw the water on me? Don’t they only do that to Linda Blair in “The Exorcist” or something? How did he know I was the one he was waiting for? Don’t priests where black with a white collar most of the time? This was all around a strange experience but I have heard though that Holy Water when used to bless objects doesn’t “wear off” like other religious blessings. I have a new hand carved Saint Benedicts Rosary from Italy because someone stole mine off my bedside table after a surgery in the hospital. I’m not going to let the cold water in the face detour me from having it blessed. I usually rap it around my wrist on some nights before sleep and hold the Cross in the palm of my hand. Okay, so is this how a person would normally be blessed?

    Thanks and take care,

  6. Is it wrong to bless someone with Holy Water if they are unable to respond to you? My Irish Catholic mother-in-law said that i was out of line to bless my father-in-law who is at the end of his life with dementia, and severely incapacitated. Forty years ago, he and his two children (he was widowed) converted to catholicism from being raised Lutheran before she would marry him and join their two families (she, divorced from a previous marriage). From that point forward, he was always a practicing catholic. The water i used was from Our Holy Mother of Lourdes. I was shocked when she later emailed my husband to tell me I was out of line because I did it without asking him. Wouldn’t this be something to look upon thankfully? I thought I was doing the right thing for him and something nice for her.

  7. Help me, i feel i am in great danger, i am scared and sad and i need to use holy water to bless myself to protect me from evil spirits and or demons, but i dont know how, please get back to me immediately after reading this with some prayers and ways to use holy water. im not sure how but im pretty sure im being pursued or something by demons, maybe by my own stupidity or curiosity or maybe im just a really nice person and very gullible and my dreams are keeping me up and i cant sleep and im very sad, i dont want God to hate me, please help me-im scared.

    • David you can get holy water at a local Catholic Church. I would urge you to go speak to a priest as well, and I would not try and handle this on your own. I am praying for you.
      Romans 8:38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

    • Kelly Simpkins on

      The devil sends his deamons out to attack all of us. Go to the church and get some holy water..put some on your finger and make the sign of the cross on your forehead. The devil uses many tricks to make u feel unworthy and not good enough to be a child of God. Start reading your bible…prepare yourself for this battle between Satin and his deamons…Remember that God loves you and is allowing Satin to attack you for a certain reason…which is actually a great thing because God only punishes those He loves. Talk to a priest or a pastor or start a bible study because the more you know about the Word of God…the deamons should back off. Take this advice and check it with someone who has professional knowledge about the Bible. I hope I have helped you…and honestly I feel the same as you do, scared,sad,deamons attacking me…hang in there…we are both children of God…Pray to Him constantly…you’ll start to hear his directions for you. Good Luck.

  8. I love holy water, I had a horrible nightmare one night where a dead spirit was hanging over my bed at night. I told my mother and we blessed the room. I haven’t seen this thing since. Also I don’t see spirits at night anymore (their oras specifically) because of the amazing holy water!

  9. Kathleen, thanks for the informative post.
    I think God wants my family and I to incorporate Holy Water blessing into our daily life. We have a pretty chaotic household, so I was wondering how to do this on a systematic basis. Just as I was reading your blog, it occurred to me that since we recite the Rosary every night, we could begin first with the Holy Water blessing.

    Among other things, it would preempt the need for nagging the kids to say their prayers right, and to stop fidgeting and fighting over each other’s prayer spots!

  10. Makeke Ramokoena on

    Thank you very much for the article that has reinforced my beliefs and use of the holy water. I have three water fonts near the entry points commonly used in my house. The fourth is near the entrance to my bedroom so I can use it if I forget to use one of the other three upon entering the house.
    I had a ceremony of blessing my house by the priest after occupying it. I also have it in big containers so it can last from one Easter to the next to refill the water fonts and try not leave them dry at any time.
    I have small bottles of water from Lourdes which I use for Ischemic Heart Disease and Left Ventricular Hypertrophy and other common ailments.
    Last but not the least, I make sure to have it in a small container for guarding me everywhere I go, and keep it in my handbag.
    The knowledge of having it 24/7 makes me feel safe and protected from visible and invisible evil spirits.
    I sometimes drink it to relieve Difficult Breathing and Acute Angina, and it does wonders. Adding a few drops of the holy water to bath water also makes one feel safe inside-out.
    Of course, it also helpful during storms and lightening to protect the house from being uprooted.
    I’m grateful to be a Catholic benefiting from the readily available sacramental. I’d therefore encourage fellow Catholics to access the holy water and use it faithfully.

    Yours in Christ,
    Makeke Ramokoena (Mrs.).
    Maseru, Lesotho.

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