LINDEN, Calif. — A Stockton-area businessman is peddling blessed bottled water.
The half-liter bottles of Holy Drinking Water distributed by Wayne Enterprises Inc., of Linden, only carries the blessings of Catholic and Anglican priests, but company president Brian Germann said he plans to expand to other faiths.
He said he thought of the concept on June 6, 2006, or "666," and has sold about 3,000 bottles since January at a Linden market and on the Internet.
The bottles, filled with plain, purified water, carry a label that warns sinners who drink the water that they may experience burning, intense heat, sweating and skin irritations.
"This has some potential and is a lot of fun," said the Rev. Mark Smith, who blessed a batch in February. "Most people will pass it off. But some may have a moment."
As a pure publicity stunt to sell water this is kind of funny. Though of course selling blessed water is simony. They claim they have Catholic and Anglican priests involved in this and if it is true that is rather sad. First off Holy Water requires salt as part of the blessing, and since this is pure water this isn’t happening. So at the least you would have only blessed water. Of course when you sell a blessed item which is basically a sacramental it loses its blessing.
The water you would receive would be the type a Demon-possessed person could chug-a-lug with no problem.