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Ana

That's good.

Ana

I wish he'd printed the old blessing words. I'd like to hear a powerful and scary blessing. Being an Episcopalian we believe in neither power nor fear.

gail

If you follow his link, he quotes it in part:
To exorcize the water the priest prayed, “Thou creature of water, I purge thee of evil…. Mayest thou be empowered to drive forth (the envious foe) and exile him together with his fallen angels….”

Ana

That's cool stuff. Church should have a little more boogeymen being clobbered and a little less Jesus loves the little children, which makes him sound like PeeWee Herman. The kids in our Sunday School get it. When we talk about remaining in Jesus (True Vine) they respond by saying "refuse to do the work of the devil". We're not supposed to like that because it's "scary" and can be perceived as fear tactics but they get that there is a hero and therefore a villain. They're pretty clear. Maybe someone would say that they have an immature understanding.

Marco McClean

In /Constantine/, Keanu Reeves puts like a Visine bottle of special holy water into the hospital's fire-suppressant reservoir, permeating it and making it all instantly holy, then he goes into the cafeteria, where all the demons converge on him. You're sure they're gonna get him --he's not powerful enough to fight so many at once-- but he uses his cigaret lighter to set off the ceiling heat sensor. The fire sprinklers spray the demons and suddenly the odds are a little more even; it turns out that, with holy water on them, demons are fragile and can be shattered into pieces too small to make trouble. It's very exciting. It makes you think about how useful it can be to keep magical objects about your person in case you're ever in a situation that requires exactly that thing and nothing else will quite do. But the problem is, which thing? I mean, you can't carry one of each sort; you'd have to have a wheelbarrow or a truck. Crosses (including cross-shaped crossbow, sword, etc.), rabbit's feet, meteorite fragments, crystal knives, silver bullets, the Amulet of Omicron, shrunken heads of vanquished enemies, wooden staves, a separate rolled up prayer to each and every fricking god and nature spirit... And even if you stick with just holy water and a cigaret lighter, suppose you want to ride in an airplane? They'll just take them away from you, leaving you naked and defenseless against the destroyer and his minions, except that, yeah, airplanes are technically crosses. So that's okay, then.

gail

Oh well, it's the thought that counts.

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