Friday, June 4, 2010


Know anyone named Sacred Chrism? No? How about Myron?

As part of this week's course assignment (Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine), I have been reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section 2: The Seven Sacraments of the Church. Article 1297 gives an excerpt from the Syriac liturgy of Antioch, specifically the epiclesis for the consecration of the sacred chrism or myron:

Father...send your Holy Spirit on us and on this oil which is before us and consecrate it, so that it may be for all who are anointed and marked with it holy myron, priestly myron, royal myron, anointing with gladness, clothing with light, a cloak of salvation, a spiritual gift, the sanctification of souls and bodies, imperishable happiness, the indelible seal, a buckler of faith, and a fearsome helmet against all the works of the adversary.

So the next time you encounter someone named Myron, remember what an awesome name he has...but it probably wouldn't be a good idea to call him Chris for short. ;)

1 comment:

  1. I'll have to share this with any future Confirmandes I know.