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Manuel Onate wrote:

Hi, guys—

If someone was dying and requested a Catholic Baptism in an emergency:

  • Would it be OK for a lay person to use holy water (obtained from a  Catholic Church) instead of regular water to baptize them?

Manuel O.

  { If someone was dying and requested Baptism, could you use holy water instead of regular water? }

Eric replied:

Dear Manuel,

Yes, although it's beyond me why one would use water that's more difficult to obtain in an emergency.

There is no reason to use holy water over regular water unless, for some reason, holy water is quicker to obtain (say someone happens to conveniently have a bottle of it on their person).

Do not delay emergency Baptism for the sake of being "fancy".

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