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This is from Children's Encyclopedia of Armenian Christianity
Armenia 301-2001). Yerevan, "AREG", 2001.**
The book uses the word "Chrism" to Refer to the "Holy Muron/Myron".
anyone needs more information on the exact recipe list of ingredients
the Holy Muron/Myron, please let me know. It's a list of 40 or so
herbs, flowers, incense, etc. I know I can find the list at home
Armenian Orthodox Church
Also see http://www.armenianheritage.com/religion.htm
> click on "Blessing
Also see http://www.armenianchurchwd.com/Armenia%201700.htm
Also see http://www.armeniaweek.com/sept282001/muron.html
Also see http://www.sain.org/window/Sacram2.txt
Chrism refers to a special scented liquid or perfume.
Similar to the oil of Anointment of the old Covenant, in the Christian
Church the holy chrism is the means by which the grace of the Holy
transferred. The sacraments, or the mysteries of Confirmation and
Ordination of the priests, are performed with the holy chrism. It is
used in anointing the Church and the holy altar, as well as objects of
worship such as the cross, the Gospel, etc. The chrism of the
Church differs from the chrism of other Churches in its unique
The basic substance of the anoint oil of the old covenant was olive
which fine spices, such as myrrh (as a basic ingredient), cinnamon,
incense were added. In the Armenian Church, the basic ingredient of
holy chrism is also olive oil, to which are added not four, but
fine herbs. Some of these are primary herbs whose use is obligatory,
some are secondary herbs, considerable small in number, which may be
substituted with other herbs if necessary. In historic Armenia the
secondary herbs were readily available, which in modern Armenian some
them do not grow. The basic ingredients of the chrism grow in the
of the Mediterranean Sea and southeastern Asia.
The holy chrism is traditionally prepared by mixing the juice of
flowers into the olive oil.
The balsam juice is prepared by adding balsam (a scented liquid gum)
has already been dissolved in linseed oil to boiling olive oil.
The flora juice is prepared by mixing olive oil with wine and the
of the herbs. The entire mixture is then boiled in a caldron on a
for two days. The result is filtered and then stored in a special
The holy chrism receives its heavenly power and sanctity through
The right to bless the chrism is limited to the Catholicos alone.
no special cannon to determine how often the chrism is blessed, but
usually blessed every five to seven years.
The blessing of the chrism is traditionally performed during major
and during the Divine Liturgy, although in earlier ages it was
The day of the blessing is chosen by the Catholicos through a special
According to the tradition of the Holy See of Etchmiadzin, forty days
to the blessing of the chrism, the silver-plated caldron, filled with
oil and covered with a veil, is placed in the main sanctuary of the
Church. For forty days, after the vespers, a special service is
by reading hymns and prayers. The last evening is concluded by a
The following day is the celebration of the blessing of the chrism.
Accompanied by the sound of bells and the hymn "Khorhoort horin," the
ecclesiastical procession moves from the Catholicos' apartment to the
Acolytes and deacons, carrying banners, candles, and fans, accompany
Catholicos and the twelve bishops. The bishops divide into two lines
They each carry sacred relics: the Holy Gospel; the right hand of St.
Gregory the Illuminator, the relic of life (cross); and other relics;
the ingredients of the chrism, balsam juice, floral juice, and the old
chrism, each in an appropriate vessel.
The Catholicos sits on his throne, while the bishops stand at his
right. The blessing begins. After special prayers, lections, and
the head sexton uncovers the caldron. With the sound of hymns, the
Catholicos pours into the caldron first the floral juice, and then the
balsam juice, and then the old chrism. The old chrism is always
the new one to symbolize the perpetuity of the Church.
Afterwards, the Catholicos makes the sign of the cross with the relic
cross, the holy spear, and the right hand of St. Gregory the
The then stirs the chrism while repeating the prayer of blessing.
Finally, the head sexton covers the caldron with a lid and a veil.
caldron remains in the main sanctuary for seven years. The faithful
allowed to approach the vessel and kiss it.
** Please note, I am not sure why this is called "Children's"
It's really for adults to read and then they can explain things to
Maybe it is called "Children's" because it has many beautiful
drawing, artwork and iconography (illuminated manuscripts, khatchars,
engraving and others). I paid $26 (US) for this. It is 164 pages and
hardback. It would make a wonderful Christmas gift. It's available
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America's St. Vartan Book Store,
Call them to order or for a catalog at (212) 686-0710
The encyclopedia was originally published in Armenian under the title
"Christian Encyclopedia for Children" in 1998 by AREG publishing
Children's Encyclopedia of Armenian Christianity (Christian
301-2001). Yerevan, "AREG", 2001. By order of His Eminence Archbishop
Barsamian, Primate. Made possible by the Caspar M. Kasparian Fund.
Translated and Edited by Vatche Ghazarian, Ph.D. Originally published
1998 by "AREG" Publisher, 1998 (in Eastern Armenian). Published in
by the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (DACA).
This English Language version of the encyclopedia, while relying
on the revised new edition of the above mentioned Armenian original,
also relied on two additional sources: "A Dictionary of the the
Church" by Malachia Ormanian (translated by Bedros Norehad) publish
by the DACA, and "Saints and Feasts of the Armenia Church" by
Torkom Koushagian (translated and edited by the Very Revered Father
Haigazoun Melkonian) published in 1988 by the DACA.
From: Thomas Daniel [mailto:daniel_reji@h...]
Sent: Thursday, November 01, 2001 6:21 AM
Subject: [SORForum] Information on Holy Muron
Can anyone help with this request?
Subject: [brendan99us] Information on Holy Muron
Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2001 04:56:41 -0000
I'm looking for information regarding the Concocting and Blessing of
Muron. The Syrian or Armenian Rites are those I seek most. The recipe,
prayers, rites, vestments, etc. In English, preferrably
"Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger."
Syriac Orthodox Resources: http://sor.cua.edu
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