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  • Thomas Daniel
    ... wrote: This is from Children s Encyclopedia of Armenian Christianity (Christian Armenia 301-2001). Yerevan, AREG , 2001.** The book uses the word Chrism
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 8, 2001
      --- In SOR-Forum@y..., "Sarkessian, Gary A" <gary.a.sarkessian@l...>
      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

      Good Luck,
      Garabed Sarkessian
      Armenian Orthodox Church

      Also see http://www.armenianheritage.com/religion.htm
      <http://www.armenianheritage.com/religion.htm> click on "Blessing
      of Holy
      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
      <http://www.sain.org/window/Sacram2.txt> or

      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
      Spirit is
      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
      oil, to
      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
      almost forty
      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
      balsam and
      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
      low fire
      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.
      There is
      no special cannon to determine how often the chrism is blessed, but
      it is
      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
      blessed on
      Great Thursday.

      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
      of six.
      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
      left and
      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
      added to
      the new one to symbolize the perpetuity of the Church.

      Afterwards, the Catholicos makes the sign of the cross with the relic
      of the
      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
      is in
      hardback. It would make a wonderful Christmas gift. It's available
      from the
      Diocese of the Armenian Church of America's St. Vartan Book Store,
      NY, NY.
      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
      house of
      Yerevan, Armenia.

      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).

      ISBN 99930-56-11-1.

      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
      in 1984
      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.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Thomas Daniel [mailto:daniel_reji@h...]
      Sent: Thursday, November 01, 2001 6:21 AM
      To: SOR-Forum@y...
      Subject: [SORForum] Information on Holy Muron

      Can anyone help with this request?
      Thomas Daniel

      From: amethystcatII@h...
      Reply-To: brendan99us@y...
      To: brendan99us@y...
      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
      Thank you
      Amethyst Cat

      "Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger."
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