Practical Faith Life

Does Holy Water Expire?

In this blog post, we will discuss why holy water does not go bad. This is a question that many people have been asking for years. Salting holy water? How is holy water preserved? Is holy water normal water? Can holy water go bad? We will answer all these questions and more in the following sections.

The reason why holy water does not go bad is because salt is added to it. This has a germicidal effect and therefore the holy water cannot go bad. In combination with the right container (for example, made of stone or precious metal), this makes the water last for a very long time.

So, holy water can theoretically go bad, but the speedy consumption of holy water in combination with preservation gives the appearance that the water will not go bad.

Is there a divine reason why holy water does not expire?

Information is circulating on the Internet that holy water supposedly does not go bad because positive energies have been transferred to the water. This should be dismissed as charlatanism. If it were true, it would not be biblical and therefore should be moved to the realm of the occult.

Alternative reasons why holy water does not expire

The following reasons can also often be the reason why holy water does not go bad:

  • Our water here is so clean and sterile that it has very few bacteria. So before the water can go seriously bad, it is already used up.
  • The precious metal of the containers has a preservative effect on the water.

How is holy water preserved?

Water cannot go bad because it is a compound and therefore holy water does not go bad. For something to go bad, it has to break down into simpler compounds that can then react with other materials.

The only way water can go bad is if there are organisms in the water that contain enzymes that break down complex molecules of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. This process uses many of the same organic substances or different nutrients that are present in the body (certain amino acids). A more acidic environment, such as an open vial, will also increase this activity, as enzymes work better at lower pH levels.

When you mix salt and water together, the salt will dissolve in the water. As long as there are no other changes to this solution, it will keep indefinitely (which is why you can preserve food with a brine or pickle).

Is holy water normal water?

Holy water is the same as normal water.

Can holy water expire?

Theoretically, yes, but not in a way that would make it dangerous to drink or anything. The use of salt and other preservatives makes this unlikely.

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