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Water, Holy
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1. All religious cultures have regarded water as both alive and cleansing (Sacred and Profane). From the outset, Christianity used this natural element as a symbol for basic salvation. In John 3:5 water is the means by which, in baptism, God imparts the grace of regeneration.

2. Early in the third century, Tertullian (d. ca. 225) referred to the consecration of baptismal water (De bapt. 4.4). In both East and West, prayers of consecration had a threefold character. They included exorcism, asking that the evil spirits who dwelled in the water might be expelled; anamnesis, recalling what G…

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Schnitker, Thaddeus A., “Water, Holy”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 26 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_W.5>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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