A few days ago we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany, and the day prior to that our parish had the blessing of Epiphany Water. I had never heard of Epiphany Water until a few years ago; I suspect that there are many others who have never heard of it either. Epiphany Water is basically Holy Water on steroids. 🙂
The rite took about an hour and included much singing – beginning with the Litany of the Saints and ending with the Te Deum. A large part of the rite is as an exorcism against Satan and the fallen angels.
An excerpt (which the priest prays…lay folks should not pray this!):
Therefore, accursed dragon and every diabolical legion, we adjure you by the living + God, by the true + God, by the holy + God, by the God who so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but shall have life everlasting; cease your deception of the human race and your giving them to drink of the poison of everlasting damnation; desist from harming the Church and fettering her freedom. Begone Satan, you father and teacher of lies and enemy of mankind. Give place to Christ in whom you found none of your works; give place to the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church, which Christ Himself purchased with His blood. May you be brought low under God’s mighty hand. May you tremble and flee as we call upon the holy and awesome name of Jesus, before whom hell quakes, and to whom the virtues, powers, and dominations are subject; whom the cherubim and seraphim praise with unwearied voices, saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts!
As you can see, this blessing is very powerful! If your parish has Epiphany water, grab a bottle (or two) and stock up on some to use throughout the year. If your parish did not have this blessing, ask your priest to do it next year.
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