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« on: November 09, 2010, 11:48:28 AM »

I attended a baptism this past Sunday morning, after which I saw people filling jugs from the font. (ROCOR) They said they used it to water the plants in their garden. I have also previously seen people dip their hand in the font and then make the sign of the Cross. (OCA) On the other hand, I have also heard contrary information that this water is blessed exclusively for baptism and should not be used for other purposes like regular holy water? What is the truth of the matter? or does this perhaps differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction? Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2010, 11:58:23 AM »

We water some plants.
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2010, 12:27:35 PM »

We have a dry well from the sacristy.
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2010, 12:35:05 PM »

The water goes right into the ground in our parish.
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2010, 12:46:08 PM »

The rule I've always heard is that baptismal water must not be allowed to enter the sewer or into storm drainage, which eventually feeds into the sewer anyway. The water can be poured straight into the ground or directly into a stream.
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2010, 01:38:10 PM »

Water the trees in the orchard, since it is believed that they will bring more fruit.
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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2010, 01:45:40 PM »

We leave the font out for a few days. People will dip their fingers in it and cross themselves when walking by, fill up containers and take it home, etc. Sometimes we will sit cups out (like the ones we use for the wine after taking communion and before taking the antidoron) and people will simply dip one in and drink from it. After a few days, the water is dumped into the ground.

I've never heard about baptismal water being treated differently from holy water. IIRC, the same blessing of the water in the baptismal service is the same blessing given to holy water at other times. I'm curious to hear more about this tradition, it's completely alien to me.
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2010, 01:55:33 PM »

We leave the font out for a few days. People will dip their fingers in it and cross themselves when walking by, fill up containers and take it home, etc. Sometimes we will sit cups out (like the ones we use for the wine after taking communion and before taking the antidoron) and people will simply dip one in and drink from it. After a few days, the water is dumped into the ground.

I've never heard about baptismal water being treated differently from holy water. IIRC, the same blessing of the water in the baptismal service is the same blessing given to holy water at other times. I'm curious to hear more about this tradition, it's completely alien to me.

Our baptismal water usually has a good oil slick on it by the time everything is done. And hair. So, besides what else might be in it if babies are baptized, I would not drink the oily, hairy water. Sucking spilled communion out of dirty carpet is one thing, that is quite another.
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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2010, 01:01:25 PM »

I'm OCA, and holy water is holy water.  my priest uses it to water his flower garden  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2010, 01:15:45 PM »

Our chapel is on the third floor, so we have to syphon it through a long hose into the earth outside of the building. With mine, we tried to water a tree with it.
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