On the feast of the Holy Theophany, we bless water, since we are celebrating (among other things) Christ’s descent into the
“O Trinity, transcendent in essence, in goodness and in divinity, O Almighty, invisible and incomprehensible, who watch over all, O Creator of intelligent essences…O Goodness of utter and unapproachable brilliance, who enlighten everyone who comes into this world: enlighten me also, your unworthy servant! Illuminate the eyes of my mind, that I may venture to praise your immeasurable goodness and might…that I may be permitted to cry out and say: ‘We glorify You, O Master and Lover of mankind, almighty King from all eternity! We glorify You, O Creator and Maker of all!’...
“Today we have attained the time of feasting, and the ranks of saints have joined us, and the angels celebrate together with men; today, the grace of the Holy Spirit, in the likeness of a dove, comes down upon the waters; today there shines the sun that never sets, and the world is sparkling with the light of the Lord… Today the whole universe is refreshed with mystical streams; today the sins of mankind are blotted out by the waters of the
“By your divine will You brought forth all things out of nothingness into being; by your might You control all creation; by your providence You govern the universe, O You who made the whole world out of four elements and crowned the cycle of the year with four seasons… You sanctified the course of the
“WHEREFORE, O MASTER, SANCTIFY THIS WATER BY YOUR HOLY SPIRIT (three times)… Have mercy on us according to your loving kindness, so that the elements, the angels, human beings, visible and invisible creatures, may glorify your all-holy name, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, both now and forever and unto ages of ages, amen!”
Now that’s holy water!