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Chrismation and Anointing

Do you know the difference?  These are two very special sacraments that appear similar however are very different in purpose. We are Chrismated or "sealed" with Holy Chrism, our own “personal Pentecost," and we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit at our Baptism. The sacrament of Anointing restores and renews our soul and body, the "oil of gladness,” in times of physical and spiritual maladies. 

Father Justin on Chrismation/Anointing

  • Anointing uses holy oil as the sign of the sacrament. The sacrament of the sick called Holy Unction.


  • Death no longer has spiritual power over us but we still face physical sickness and physical death.


  • Sometimes illnesses are the direct or indirect result of our own sinful behavior.


  • These illnesses reflect mankind’s choice to be willingly vulnerable to the devil’s deceit.


  • Physical illness us usually accompanied by a weakening of the spirit.


  • The Church has the sacrament of Holy Unction because there is a need for healing and forgiveness. Luke 5:17-26


  • Js 5:14-15 We are anointed as a reaffirmation of our baptismal victory during a time of spiritual and bodily crisis.


  • Spiritual healing does not reject the material aid that medicine can provide to those suffering.


  • This anointing is directed at reviving our confidence in Christ’s victory over sin and death in the midst of our suffering. This helps us find an opportunity for growth and restoration of wholeness in us.

  • This sacrament does not emphasize impending death, but hope in God during times of affliction.


  • Psalm 142:11


On Wednesday of Great week the Church gives us the example of the adulteress who, once she met the Lord, realized the gravity of her sins, fell down before Him and washed His feet with her tears and precious perfumes. The hymns this morning urge us to imitate the sinful women by confessing our sins and turning away from them. Holy Anointing in remembrance of this tremendous act of love brought about by one who was sinful, the Church brings forth for us on this night the holy oils, and celebrates the Sacrament of Anointing for health of body, mind and spirit.

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