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Fireside Chats: It’s Rainin’ Holy Water!

I made fun of it when some supposed holy dude doused this city in Columbia with holy water in an attempt to drive out the city’s demons. This, though, I can get behind. In New Orleans, Archbishop Gregory Aymond teamed up with a local rabbi, Lexi Erdheim, to bless the city from the air, doing a flyover in a World War two fighter plane. Aymond dumped holy water from the River Jordan over the Big Easy. All this took place on Good Friday, which corresponds with the Jewish Passover celebration.

Do I think the holy water will cure coronavirus? No. And even Archbishop Aymond admitted it was a metaphor. Still, it makes people feel better. It offers a little comfort. And, as one of the first things I was taught when I converted to the Episcopal Church some years ago, a Sacrament is “an outward sign of an inward grace.” Some would interpret that as a synonym for a metaphor. In all fairness, it’s possible that the guy down in Columbia dousing his city with holy water also made some of the populace feel better, so in that respect the two acts are equal.

Both, however, would have had the same secondary result: any vampires not laid up in waterproof digs for the waking hours would have had a really lousy day.

TheCheezman • April 21, 2020


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