Why Do We Do That?

Why do we bless ourselves with Holy Water when we enter the church? (OR, in COVID Times: Why does Fr. Francis sprinkle us with Holy Water before Mass?)

Besides remembering Christ’s passion and professing their faith in the Holy Trinity, Catholics bless themselves with holy water primarily as a reminder of our Baptism. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains: “The symbolism of water signifies the Holy Spirit’s action in Baptism, since after the invocation of the Holy Spirit it becomes the efficacious…