In the Orthodox Church there are three orders of consecration of water consecration in the rite of the sacrament of Holy baptism, in the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and the lesser blessing, which takes place throughout the year.

How to use Holy water

Unacceptable permanent storage of water in reserve. Many people bring it every year from the temple, usually on Epiphany and keeping it on the principle "that was in the house, because everyone is so". It is fundamentally wrong! Thus there is a kind of imprisonment of the Shrine. The grace of the consecrated water will not decrease, however long it was stored, but those believers who are not drawn to the Shrine, i.e. do not use it are robbing themselves. Holy water needs to be regularly drinking.

In addition to ingestion, it is possible to sprinkle the housing. However, it is not necessary to rinse her of a sick person or child while bathing, because Holy water can get into the sewers. Water can only sprinkle. Also, do not give her to drink pet.

How to store Holy water

No need to hold consecrated water in the closet among the products. Moreover, we should not put it in the fridge - Holy water does not deteriorate. The container it should be stored on a separate shelf in the closed against the penetration of light or in the immediate vicinity of the icons and other consecrated objects.

There are cases of corruption with Holy water. If you've kept it properly, but it still deteriorated, in particular, there is haze, bad smell or she has acquired a bad taste about this should be mandatory to tell the priest. Better to do it in confession with repentance on blagogoveyno respect to the Shrine. The Church allows bad to pour the Holy water into the river or other natural source. Just keep it down the toilet or pour down the sink!