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holy water, in Christian churches, water blessed to symbolize spiritual cleansing. In Roman Catholic churches there is a bowl (stoup or font) of holy water near the doors, so that the faithful may bless themselves with it on entering. Holy water is a sacramental and is used in formal blessings, including the asperges.

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Holy water

Holy water. In Christian usage, water which is blessed for use in certain rites, especially that which is blessed at the Easter Vigil for baptism of catechumens.

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holy water

ho·ly wa·ter • n. water blessed by a priest and used in religious ceremonies.

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