from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Water blessed by a priest and used for religious purposes.
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- n. In certain Christian churches, water that has been sanctified by a priest or bishop for the purpose of baptism or for the blessing of persons, places, or things.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. water which has been blessed by the priest for sacred purposes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. water that has been blessed by a priest for use in symbolic purification
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He appears as an abbot with various symbols: a raven, which fed him during his life as a hermit; a broken cup, referring to an attempted poisoning by disgruntled followers; a dove, symbolizing the soul of St. Scholastica, which appeared to him at her death; a book, representing his Rule; or a broken sieve or aspergillum, for sprinkling holy water to ward off the devil.
In his church the demon bearing the holy water stoup (opposite, bottom left) (Mary Evans Picture Library) embodies occult and Masonic concepts.
The Marquise Philippine's son, sixteen years old, was ordered to join General Berthier's corps, and to provide him with L10 pocket money she sold what till then she had religiously kept, a silver holy water stoup, which belonged to her saintly ancestor, Francois de Sales.
When he stood in choir at compline thus parched with thirst, and the holy water was sprinkled around according to custom, he would eagerly open his parched mouth, and gape wide towards the sprinkling-brush, in the hope that a little drop of water might fall upon his dried-up tongue and cool it a little.
Lahash hit the river, paralyzed and gagging against the holy water it had become, as Isda dispassionately watched him slowly drown.
One night the servant of God went out to meet the tygers, and when they came near him, he threw holy water upon them, commanding them to go back, and never after to return.
Sister Bernadette would sprinkle the blasphemous thing with holy water and say a few prayers, but Sister Bernie wasn't here, and Anne-Marie Campbell wasn't a real Catholic anyway (nor, for that matter, was Glory), so that was no help.
There were Protestant, Roman, and Greek priests officiating together, which looked odd enough, but the sight I wouldn't have missed was Hope Grant taking part in Papist rituals, sprinkling holy water at Montauban's request, and plainly enjoying it as much as John Knox in a music hall.
And this was the most ludicrous that could be imagined; namely, the sprinkling of themselves and others with that they call holy water when they go into the places of sacred worship; which yet also they borrowed from the Pagans.
The brush or sponge on a handle with which the priest sprinkles holy water for purification is the aspergillum.