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holy oil

consecrated oil; chrism.
(especially in the Eastern Church) oil that has been in contact with a sacred object, as a relic, and is used in certain rites.
Origin of holy oil
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Ah, how I long for the priestly ordination and the holy oil!

    The Monk and The Hangman's Daughter Adolphe Danziger De Castro and Ambrose Bierce
  • I made my confession, received the communion, and took the holy oil.

  • It must be destroyed, together with the cotton used, by fire so that no particle of the holy oil will be desecrated.

    The Demands of Rome Elizabeth Schoffen
  • Their banners had been anointed with holy oil and holy water.

    Remember the Alamo Amelia E. Barr
  • Father Massias had pulled out the silver needle from which hung a drop of holy oil.

  • It was death to enter the holy places, or even to make the holy oil of the priests.

    Bible Studies Joseph M. Wheeler
  • So the prophet anointed Saul with the holy oil in the sight of the multitude, and declared him to be king the second time.

    The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus
  • In this chapel is the font of holy oil, which is consecrated in Holy Week.

    The Story of Seville Walter M. Gallichan

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