Holy Water, Straight Up

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    Jan 25, 2010 2:56 PM GMT
    Holy water and holy shit.

    "MOSCOW — More than 100 Russian Orthodox believers have been hospitalized after drinking holy water during Epiphany celebrations in the eastern city of Irkutsk, an official said Monday."
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    Jan 25, 2010 2:57 PM GMT
    Russian holy water = vodka
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    Jan 25, 2010 3:42 PM GMT
    Holy water in India.
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    Jan 25, 2010 5:02 PM GMT
    You really have to wonder how they'll rationalize such an event.
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    Jan 25, 2010 5:13 PM GMT
    Well there goes god smiting people again icon_redface.gif

    Jer 9:15 Therefore, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "See, I will make this people eat bitter food and drink poisoned water."

    Rev 8:10 A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.

    I wonder when Pat Robertson will jump into the fray? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 25, 2010 5:18 PM GMT
    were you in Irkutsk recently, McGay?
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    Jan 25, 2010 5:31 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidRussian holy water = vodka


    Ahahaha if this is the case, sign me up.
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    Jan 25, 2010 5:32 PM GMT
    McGay saidHoly water and holy shit.

    "MOSCOW — More than 100 Russian Orthodox believers have been hospitalized after drinking holy water during Epiphany celebrations in the eastern city of Irkutsk, an official said Monday."


    Now what did you do to their "holy" water? I'm sure we will hear about some sicko poisoning the water.
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    Jan 25, 2010 5:38 PM GMT
    In the first place what are they drinking it for? Isn't their "holy" water suppose to be used for baptisms, instead of drinkiing it. Or is this an edict from Pope Benedict that drinking the water is necessary for the forgiveness of sins. Is this their 8th sacrament now?
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    Jan 25, 2010 5:41 PM GMT
    You're getting your evil lords mixed up there, mr. theology. Russian O's don't report to the Poop.
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    Jan 25, 2010 5:43 PM GMT
    I have never been to Irkutsk, but I think that's the town they talk about in TransSiberian (a pretty good movie).

    There's a thread around here somewhere where I mentioned that sometimes I go to church and replace the holy water with, um, other stuff.
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    Jan 26, 2010 2:07 PM GMT
    G_Force saidNow what did you do to their "holy" water? I'm sure we will hear about some sicko poisoning the water.

    Maybe just full of microorganisms, from using unclean containers, and/or letting it be stored for too long before use. I remember when I was an RC altar boy icon_exclaim.gif that the supply of holy water for the church fonts was in a couple of big glass jugs, that the nuns would refill for the priests to bless, thereby making it "holy." And the jugs would sit around unrefrigerated in the sacristy for the daily refilling of the fonts (the small vessels into which people dipped their fingers to bless themselves as they entered the church).

    In our church, BTW, those fonts contained a small sponge, which is what you actually pressed your fingers into, to moisten them with holy water, rather than plunge them into water to come out dripping wet. And even as a small child I wondered how sanitary that was, all these thousands of people touching them over the course of a week.

    And indeed, the nuns did replace the font sponges every few weeks, from a big supply they had in a sacristy cabinet. I wonder if that's still done these days, and what happens during a flu outbreak? Any RC's here?
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    Jan 26, 2010 2:12 PM GMT
    Mass couldn't possibly be more fun. What's more fun than a drag show, after all?
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    Jan 26, 2010 2:23 PM GMT
    Satyricon331 saidYou really have to wonder how they'll rationalize such an event.


    the lord works in mysterius ways? icon_twisted.gif
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    Jan 26, 2010 2:51 PM GMT
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    McGay saidYou're getting your evil lords mixed up there, mr. theology. Russian O's don't report to the Poop.

    And that's the problem. They report to the Metropolitan.

    Which is another mistake. They should report to the Cosmopolitan. If they'd had a pitcher of those, not only wouldn't they have gotten sick, but the mass would have been much more fun.

    LMAO! OK, that made my day (and so early, too!).

    Yet seriously, untreated water can be a dangerous substance to drink. Old jokes about not drinking the water in Mexico are not without basis. It's one of the reasons alcoholic beverages were important to many pre-20th Century people, since the alcohol tended to kill many microorganisms, though that process wasn't understood, just the reduced tendency to become ill versus plain water. If you drank wine with your meal you were less likely to become ill than if you had water, that came right from the well or a river. Plus it tasted better, too, than dirty water.