You Are Invited: Vigil of Epiphany – Rite of Blessing of Epiphany Water

You Are Invited: Vigil of Epiphany – Rite of Blessing of Epiphany Water

On the Vigil of the Epiphany (Tuesday, January 5 @ 6pm), this year at St. Mary of Pine Bluff church, the Knights of Divine Mercy Schola Cantorum will join Fr. Z (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf) to offer the Rite for Providing Holy Water. All are welcomed to attend.

This will be live-streamed.

I will have 40 gallons of water on hand, along with 3 gallons of salt. Small bottles will be filled in the days following. These will be available at my parish, and there will be periodic giveaways at I cannot mail any of these myself.

Epiphany Water & Blessed Salt will be available to all who attend this Tuesday night.

(In the plastic bottle industry, I found out they call those little bottles “bullets”)

While there is no official teaching about the superiority of one sort of holy water over another, there is an opinion that is a common one among exorcists and emerges from their experience that using solemnly blessed holy water vexes the demons during an exorcism more than simply blessed holy water.

Epiphany water is considered the most potent of holy water, because it is blessed once a year on the vigil of Epiphany and blessed using an extensive liturgy, similar to vespers. It is mixed with exorcised salt, and the exorcism over the water is lengthier. Hence it was deemed more potent by many, especially exorcists.

As Fr. Z writes

Wonderful customs come with the Feast of the Epiphany. Epiphany is 6 January, by the way.


On Epiphany we can bless gold, frankincense and myrrh. Bring all your spare, unblessed myrrh to your priest… and gold. Bring lots of spare gold to your priest, or to me if your priest isn’t around.


On Epiphany there is a blessing for homes. There is also the famous blessing of chalk which can be used then to mark the lintel of the house.


On the Vigil of Epiphany there is a special blessing for “Epiphany Water.” Here is a photo from a couple years ago, of yours truly blessing Epiphany Water.


The Rite is very cool. It begins with the Litany of Saints, with a couple special petitions about the blessing of the water to follow. Satan and the demons are then driven from the place with a mighty prayer.


You have the best shot of getting in on this if you enlist in the US Grace Force here, as I will send notifications to USGF members:

(Please recruit family and friends to enlist!)


Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (Fr. Z) with the Knights of Divine Mercy Schola Cantorum: