St. Mary's Family,
the Great Fifty Days of Easter, we will observe a liturgical custom at the beginning of the 10am Mass that involves the Celebrant sprinkling the people with Holy Water, symbolizing the waters of baptism. It is customary for the people to make the sign of the cross as they are sprinkled in remembrance of their baptism.
The text the choir sings during this rite refers to the words of the prophet Ezekiel, who saw the waters gushing forth from the Temple as a sanctifying flood that flows through the earth. (Ezekiel 47:1).
If you notice a smile on my face, it's because soaking you with the liturgical equivalent of a Super Soaker water gun is rather amusing. In all seriousness, welcoming someone into the household of God in baptism - whether an infant or an adult - is one of the greatest joys of being a priest. If you see a twinkle in my eye when I sprinkle you with holy water, know that I'm experiencing the same joy as if I were baptizing someone in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Take a moment to intentionally recall your own baptism, and rejoice in being reminded that you've been cleansed from all sin and marked as Christ's own forever.
Wishing you a blessed and Spirit-filled Holy Week,