PRAYERCAzT / PODCAzT 172: Blessing Holy Water in Latin with the traditional Rituale Romanum

From a priest:

Could you record for your priestly audience the correct pronunciation for the Holy Water blessing in Latin?

Sure!   I can do that. I will also include this in the What Does The Prayer Really Sound Like series, or PRAYERCAzTs.

I speak briefly about different kinds of blessed waters we use in the Latin Church.  Then I read the Latin for the Blessing of Holy Water from the traditional Roman Ritual… slowly, pedantically.  After all, the priest wanted help with pronunciation.

I hope this helps.

I can tease out just the Latin part as a separate file and make it available BISHOPS, PRIESTS or SEMINARIANS.   Drop me a note at HERE.  In the subject line put: “Recording of Latin for Holy Water“.  Tell me who you and where you are, too!

BTW… at the very end, you hear a little bit of a charming “Asperges” on a disc with “Mass for the 500th anniversary of the death of St. Joan of Arc” written by Paul Paray and directed by my friend Fr. Eduard Perrone, pastor of Assumption Grotto in Detroit.

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  1. RichR says:

    Our parish priest only uses the Traditional Rituale Romanum to bless Holy Water. After one such blessing (with the exorcisms, salt, and Latin), Father turned to me and said, “If you want to bless holy water properly, you’ve got to burn the hell out of it.”

    Great line.

    Also, when he uses the older form, people get quiet really quickly and take on a serious demeanor. There’s no giggling, smirking, casual joking, etc. They know it’s sobering to be reminded of the spiritual warfare going on around them. Holy water is the Christian’s hand grenade.

  2. FrAnt says:

    Listening to the first 5 minutes of Fr. Z’s podcast saddens me because I realize how much I was not taught in seminary.

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