"Listen up you primitive screwheads!"
CONGREGATION DE CULTU DIVINO ET DISCIPLINA SACRAMENTORUM
Prot. N. 569/00/L
March 14, 2000
Congregation for Divine Worship has received your letter sent by fax in
which you ask whether it is in accord with liturgical law to remove the
Holy Water from the fonts for the duration of the season of Lent.
is able to respond that the removing of Holy Water from the fonts
during the season of Lent is not permitted, in particular, for two
1. The liturgical legislation in force does not foresee this innovation, which in addition to being praeter legem
is contrary to a balanced understanding of the season of Lent, which
though truly being a season of penance, is also a season rich in the
symbolism of water and baptism, constantly evoked in liturgical texts.
encouragement of the Church that the faithful avail themselves
frequently of her sacraments and sacramentals is to be understood to
apply also to the season of Lent. The "fast" and "abstinence" which the
faithful embrace in this season does not extend to abstaining from the
sacraments or sacramentals of the Church.
of the Church has been to empty the Holy Water fonts on the days of the
Sacred Triduum in preparation of the blessing of the water at the Easter
Vigil, and it corresponds to those days on which the Eucharist is not
celebrated (i.e., Good Friday and Holy Saturday).
Hoping that this resolves the question and with every good wish and kind regard, I am,
Sincerely yours in Christ, [signed]
Mons. Mario Marini Undersecretary