When you walked into Church today, the chances are that you dipped your hand into the holy water stoup and blessed yourself: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” It’s a practice that can easily just become part of a Sunday routine. But have we ever stopped to think about the significance of what we do?
Primarily, blessing ourselves with Holy Water reminds us of our baptism, our birth into the divine life of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. By the waters of baptism, we were immersed into the depths of a profound relationship with One God, Three Persons – the Holy Trinity, the central mystery of our faith that we celebrate with today’s feast.
Blessing ourselves with Holy Water as we come into Church prepares us to receive the graces we receive in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. It’s also a wonderful practice to have a holy water stoup at home as well. By blessing ourselves regularly, we’ll be reminded of the day we became adopted sons and daughters of God and come ever more deeply into relationship with the Blessed Trinity.