- a consecrated oil, usually mixed with balsam or balsam and spices, used by certainchurches in various rites, as in baptism, confirmation, and the like.
Origin of chrism
Examples from the Web for chrism
Anoint me with the chrism of spontaneity that I may be ever worthy of thee.The Book of Khalid
And while the chrism is used they chant, 'See the smell of my son is as the smell of a field.'
For Philip, when he baptised the eunuch, had neither oil nor chrism.
Lastly, he anointeth with chrism the twelve crosses depicted on the wall.
Jerry lived under the daily chrism of that soft well-wishing.Old Crow
- a mixture of olive oil and balsam used for sacramental anointing in the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches
Word Origin and History for chrism
"oil mingled with balm," Old English chrisma, from Church Latin chrisma, from Greek khrisma "an unguent, anointing, unction," from khriein "to anoint," from PIE root *ghrei- "to rub" (cf. Lithuanian griejù "to skim the cream off"). Chrisom "baptismal robe," is a c.1200 variant of this. Related: Chrismal; chrismatory.