Clearing out the house often leads you to find many interesting things... I was delighted to come across a little prayer leaflet about the Sacramental Holy Water ....
Holy water is a Sacramental that remits venial sin, Because of the blessing attached to it, Holy Church strongly urges its use upon Her children, especially when dangers threaten such as fire, storms, sickness and other calamities. Every Catholic home should always have in it a supply of Holy Water.
WE DO NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE BENEFITS DERIVED FROM HOLY WATER
LET US CULTIVATE ITS USE
Unrold Spiritual wealth is concentrated in a tiny drop of blessed water.
AND WE GIVE IT SO LITTLE THOUGHT.
Did we realise now, as we shall realise after death the many benefits which may be derived from Holy Water, we would use it far more frequently and with greater faith and reverence.
Holy Water has its great power and efficacy from the prayers of the Church, which its Divine Founder always accepts with complacency.
These are some of the petitions the Priest makes to God when he blesses the water
O God grant that this creature of thine (water) may be endowed with divine grace to drive away devils and to cast out diseases, that whatever in the house or possessions of the faithful may be sprinkled by this water, may be freed from everything unclean, and delivered from what is hurtful. Let everything that threatens the safety or peace of the dwellers therein be banished by the sprinkling of this water, so that health which they seek by calling upon Thy Holy Name be gaurded from all assaults.
these prayers ascend to heaven each time you take Holy Water and sptinkle a drop either for yourself or for another, whether he be present or absent and God's blessings descend for soul and body.
DISPEL THE DEVIL
The devil hates Holy Water because of its power over him. He cannot long abide in a place or near a person that is often sprinkled with this blessed water.
ARE YOUR DEAR ONES LIVING AT A DISTANCE?
Holy Water sprinkled with faith and piety, can move the Sacred Heart to bless your loved ones and protect them from all harm of soul and body. When worry and fear take possession of your heart, hasten to your Holy Water font, and give your dear ones the benefit of the Church's prayer.
THE HOLY SOULS LONG FOR IT
Only in Purgatory can one understand how ardently a poor soul longs for Holy Water. If we desire to make a host of intercessors for ourselves, let us try to realise now some of their yearning, and never forget them at the Holy Water font. The holy souls nearest to Heaven may need the sprinklng of only one drop to release their pining souls.
REMITS VENIAL SINS
Because Holy Water is one of the Church's sacramentals, it remits venial sin. Keep your soul beautifully pure in God's sight by making the sign of the cross carefully while saying:
"By this Holy Water and by Thy Precious Blood wash away all my sins, O Lord."