Chrism, the name given to the oil consecrated on Holy Thursday, in the Roman Catholic and Greek Churches, and used in baptism, confirmation, ordination, and extreme unction.


Entry from Everybody's Cyclopedia, 1912.

Chrism (?), n. [OE. crisme, from AS. crisma; also OE. creme, fr. OF. cresme, like the AS. word fr. LL. chrisma, fr. Gr. , fr. to anoint; perh. akin to L. friare, fricare, to rub, Skr. gharsh, E. friable, friction. Cf. Chrisom.] Gr. & R. C. Churchs

1.

Olive oil mixed with balm and spices, consecrated by the bishop on Maundy Thursday, and used in the administration of baptism, confirmation, ordination, etc.

2.

The same as Chrisom.

 

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