“The holy Father does not see films, and will not be seeing this one,” he said.
The most significant is electoral reform—for decades the Liberals' holy Grail.
Elsewhere in the song, Kelly sings, “Showed her the Jesus piece now she got the holy Ghost.”
It hinges on the assumption that the Vatican or its metaphysical emanation, the holy See, is a state.
The Bible clearly specifies that Jesus was executed outside the city walls; the Church of the holy Sepulchre is inside the walls.
“That is the holy Inquisition,” said the widow, crossing herself.
But the holy Laws no longer needed the safe shelter of a royal shrine.
May the blessin' of God and his holy mother keep you till I see you agin!
He was, to the eyes of men, studious and holy as an anchorite.
I trust you will remember it whenever you think of the holy Prophet.
Old English halig "holy, consecrated, sacred, godly," from Proto-Germanic *hailaga- (cf. Old Norse heilagr, Old Frisian helich "holy," Old Saxon helag, Middle Dutch helich, Old High German heilag, German heilig, Gothic hailags "holy"). Adopted at conversion for Latin sanctus.
Primary (pre-Christian) meaning is not possible to determine, but probably it was "that must be preserved whole or intact, that cannot be transgressed or violated," and connected with Old English hal (see health) and Old High German heil "health, happiness, good luck" (source of the German salutation Heil). Holy water was in Old English. Holy has been used as an intensifying word from 1837; used in expletives since 1880s (e.g. holy smoke, 1883, holy mackerel, 1876, holy cow, 1914, holy moly etc.), most of them euphemisms for holy Christ or holy Moses.