Fr.Z has a great post on the silly custom of emptying the holy water stoops for Lent and putting sand in them instead. I mean, what next? Eggplant Parmesan instead of Easter Eggs?
Sandboxes or Holy Water Stoops?
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I saw that once in a church I was visiting and didn’t like it at all. I will not give up blessing myself with Holy Water for Lent.The Holy Water at the entrance is a sacramental that represents our baptism. Lent is not about abstinence from the sacraments or sacramentals, but rather quite the opposite! We should fill our days with prayer and the sacraments while abstaining from those wordly things to which we have become so accustomed.God Bless,Bob
The trendoids, having thumbed their noses at the Church’s liturgical rules, are constantly inventing their OWN symbols and ceremonies.Clowns, hand shaking, applause, streamers, balloons, “significant” objects being carried up to the altar by cute children etc.To paraphrase a one time enemy of the Church, (Henry II), “Will no one rid us of these pestilent priests?”
We definitely need the sacraments and their reminders during the holy season of Lent. I find this filling the holy water font for the Lenten season to be so … stupid!I will continue to bless myself with or without holy water, but when I am in a Roman Catholic church, I would pray that the holy water would be made available to me and others.
Thank goodness our pastor leaves the water in the font. However, the “choirs” will continue to blast away on the piano, and the 10:30 “band” will be just as loud all through Lent as any other time of the year. Oh yes – we go to a different church now.