Water is the source of life on earth. So it is not surprising that in all religions water is one of the main objects of church ceremonies. In Orthodoxy and Catholicism, water is blessed on major holidays, children are baptized in the water, and churchgoers are sprinkled with it. Judaism has a rite of ablution-purification in a special pool, the mikveh. In Hinduism, water is one of the bases of religion – ritual ablutions are performed in it and the dead are buried. In Islam, water is thought of as a gift from God.
As we begin this text, we want to note that we do not intend to infringe on the religious beliefs and traditions of our readers, but we just want to give you a little information that will help maintain health. The idea for this text appeared at Epiphany, and crystallized now, when the world is raging epidemic, businesses do not work, and people in pursuit of the rituals of faith continues to expose themselves and their families to danger.
We will briefly talk about the memory of healing water, its chemical properties and the holy healing springs. Or more precisely, about myths that can be both harmless and create some danger.
Where does one get water for baptism??
We know for a fact that the water you fill up in churches at Epiphany in big cities is delivered by water utilities. It’s the same as the water that comes out of your faucet. Maybe even a little cleaner due to the fact that it does not flow through the pipes and does not succumb to secondary contamination in them. It is probably the safest, since it is guaranteed to be free from pathogens and has undergone laboratory control.
It happens that on the territory of large churches or monasteries there are wells, depending on their depth and the properties of aquifers water can be both of sufficient quality and potentially dangerous.
As for the wells and springs, which also often serve as a source of water for church ceremonies or are themselves considered holy, this is a separate topic. We have previously written about groundwater, which should not be consumed internally without treatment. The same is true of blessed water. Since bacteria and viruses, as well as nitrates, lead and other bad impurities, unlike us humans, do not believe in the power of baptism and can effectively undermine our health.
We spoke briefly about the water, which is consecrated in temples, as for water from reservoirs, even after the procedure of consecration, it is absolutely impossible to drink it, as well as water from reservoirs on any other day. If you really want to please yourself, then know that christened water from the faucet will be safer than the one you’ll get in the river or lake.
How is the rite of baptism of water carried out??
In Orthodoxy, the water is consecrated on Epiphany, January 18, it is believed that on this day, all water has special properties. Also the rites of water blessing are carried out before the baptism of a person, at the consecration of the Temple and at special liturgies.
In Catholicism, water is blessed before the rite of baptism, at Easter and on some saints’ memorial days. Water may also be blessed at Sunday liturgies or for the sanctification of temples and homes of parishioners.
Baptismal Water Research
Let’s start with a favorite thesis that water has a memory and a special structure, which is also called a cluster. Hundreds of studies have been conducted to prove the fact that, in the long term, any stable structures can only exist in frozen water. Once thawed, they disappear in a very short time. Therefore, baptismal water under the microscope is no different from ordinary water.
The book of the Japanese scientist, which describes the “beautiful” crystals of the Holy water in the ice, is also considered pseudoscientific, as other scientists have not managed to restore the results of his research. We have written about the memory of water before.
Frankly speaking, we have found almost no information on chemical properties of Baptist water in Russian or Ukrainian languages in scientometric databases, but we have found a lot of English-speaking sources.
A group of Spanish scientists studied the church fonts with holy water in Seville (Spain), and the article with the analysis of the results had the title “Holy water as a receptacle for pathogens”, as more than 37 species of pathogenic bacteria were found in these springs.
And here is the material of the Austrian scientists from 2012. Researchers also look at holy water in churches and hospitals as a potential source of infectious diseases. Religion here is Catholicism, water is used in many rituals. In general, two types of water are used in churches in Austria:
- Tap water is blessed at Easter and is stored for a year in large reservoirs;
- from natural springs within churches.
The article states that only 14% of the water meets quality standards. Most natural springs do not meet both chemical and bacteriological standards, in particular there are elevated levels of nitrates and coliform bacteria. As for the sanctified water in cisterns, all water samples were microbiologically contaminated.
Incidentally, it is important to note that in Catholicism, water is salted to reduce the risk of bacterial growth.
As for Ukraine, we have many holy sources, information on them is quite difficult to systematize. But be aware that many of them can be dangerous, so it is better not to drink raw water without boiling it at all. For example, the Saint Anthony’s Column in the territory of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra contains E. coli and is included in the list of dangerous drinking springs in Kiev, but in Rivne region all of the holy sources that we could find information about are safe.
It is worth noting that if you’re wondering about the quality of the water at your source, where you get your water, it can always be tested.
Separately, we want to emphasize two questions that people often ask.
Sfera Ebbasta – Holy Water Freestyle
Why does not Baptismal water spoil??
The answer to this question has been described above. Even if it seems to you that the water is pure and has no extraneous tastes and smells, it’s better not to drink it, if even a few weeks have passed since it was taken. E. coli and other bacteria do not believe in the sanctity of water and can cause serious health problems.
Why does the baptismal water not freeze?
This question for us turned out to be a mystery. Any water is very freezing. Put the jar in the freezer and check it after a while to see for yourself.
Can you treat with blessed water??
The holy water is described as a remedy for all ailments, unfortunately, most diseases it can not cure. Even church ministers say that water without prayer has no power, but the power of prayer depends on the power of your faith. In fact, the power of your faith is primarily the power of persuasion. Unfortunately, serious illnesses can’t be cured by belief and it’s necessary to use the help of doctors without losing the precious time.
We have no statistics how many people suffered because of treatment of serious illnesses with holy water, but in the cradle of Orthodoxy – Ethiopia, this statistic is. There the holy water causes a lot of troubles, because instead of the traditional therapy HIV-infection, tuberculosis, epilepsy, mental disorders, etc. are treated with the holy water., which not only does not cure patients, but also contributes to the spread of infectious diseases. For example, here’s a review , which shows the statistics for refusing antiretroviral therapy in favor of holy water. The number of failures reaches 30 – 60% of the groups studied. And here’s one about the spread of tuberculosis thanks to holy springs, which people go to just to treat infectious diseases.
We, as chemists, know for a fact that water sanitation does not protect it from the reproduction of pathogens, while infectious disease specialists and other health professionals know how infectious diseases. So if you decide to use holy water, follow a few simple rules:
- Take it only if you know its origin;
- boil it before consumption, if possible;
- if the water has been standing for some time, do not use it for drinking;
- if you are sick, seek help from traditional medicine.
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- Water in the home
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- Water and Health
- Regional water features
- Magazine articles "Water and water treatment technology"
More of these scientific articles, for more than once I felt the comments that holy water does not suck and has valuable properties.
As one of the logical (not religious) explain why there can be less bacteria. – Water is used in the church. (™and they are the srībla doing their work and they do not care whether they prayed over that water or not).