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Offline anthony1054

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How to properly utilize Holy Water and Oil.
« on: February 06, 2013, 08:39:31 PM »
I have Holy water from the recent feast of Theophany and last year as well and I also have some holy oil from the reliquary of St. John of San Francisco. My question is; How to properly use them both? I know that drinking Holy Water is very common and I have done that a few times, I'm just not sure how often. The oil is another, because it is something sacred when would be the proper occasion to use it? I firmly believe that these sacraments are for the healing of of both body and soul, I would love feedback. Thank you!

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Re: How to properly utilize Holy Water and Oil.
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2013, 11:48:57 PM »
You can drink holy water, for example when you are sick, first thing upon getting up in the morning or after fasting from food and drink for a little. And after prayer.

Anoint your head with oil, putting a little on your ringer and making the sign of the Cross on your forehead saying, "St. John, pray to God for me" when you are sick, or whenever there is a need.

No harm done asking your priest about this, too. He may have more resources for you.
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Re: How to properly utilize Holy Water and Oil.
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2013, 11:59:38 PM »
You can drink holy water, for example when you are sick, first thing upon getting up in the morning or after fasting from food and drink for a little. And after prayer.

Anoint your head with oil, putting a little on your ringer and making the sign of the Cross on your forehead saying, "St. John, pray to God for me" when you are sick, or whenever there is a need.

No harm done asking your priest about this, too. He may have more resources for you.
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Re: How to properly utilize Holy Water and Oil.
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2013, 08:35:09 PM »
Where/how does on acquire the holy water and oil? Do you just ask your Priest?
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Re: How to properly utilize Holy Water and Oil.
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2013, 08:39:59 PM »
Where/how does on acquire the holy water and oil? Do you just ask your Priest?

Basically, yes. It's quite common for pilgrims to take oil with them from monasteries, shrines, etc. so if you know anyone who's going somewhere it's worth asking.

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Re: How to properly utilize Holy Water and Oil.
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2013, 08:46:36 PM »
Haven't we just had Theophany or something?

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Re: How to properly utilize Holy Water and Oil.
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2013, 05:30:08 AM »
Haven't we just had Theophany or something?

Hey, give AustralianDiaspora a break, Michal. She's not Orthodox yet, and she might well have never attended a Theophany service.
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Re: How to properly utilize Holy Water and Oil.
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2013, 07:18:52 AM »
Haven't we just had Theophany or something?

Hey, give AustralianDiaspora a break, Michal. She's not Orthodox yet, and she might well have never attended a Theophany service.

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Re: How to properly utilize Holy Water and Oil.
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2013, 11:50:41 AM »
Haven't we just had Theophany or something?

Hey, give AustralianDiaspora a break, Michal. She's not Orthodox yet, and she might well have never attended a Theophany service.
I did attend the service celebrating Theophany but since the Priest wasn't handing out holy water I wasn't exactly going to ask. He is very busy and does a lot with very little help and I don't like to bother him unless it's very important.
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