chrism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chrism a consecrated ointment consisting of a mixture of oil and balsam
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chrism Olive oil mixed with balm and spices, consecrated by the bishop on Maundy Thursday, and used in the administration of baptism, confirmation, ordination, etc.
    • Chrism The same as Chrisom.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chrism Eccles.: A sacred ointment, consecrated by a bishop, used in the rites of baptism, confirmation, ordination, and coronation, in the consecration of churches, altar-stones, and chalices, and in blessing the baptismal water. In the Roman Catholic Church it consists of a mixture of oil and balsam, and in the Eastern Church of oil, wine, and various aromatics. Its use in baptism was continued in the Anglican Church for a short time after the Reformation. The name is sometimes applied to consecrated oil generally, including the oil of catechumens and the oil of the sick. See oil.
    • n chrism The rite of confirmation.
    • n chrism Same as chrismal, .
    • n chrism The baptismal vesture; a white garment formerly given to the newly baptized as a symbol of the new robe of righteousness given to the saints: in this sense commonly chrisom.
    • n chrism In general, that with which one is anointed, or the act of anointing.
    • n chrism A chrism-child.
    • chrism To anoint with chrism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chrism krizm consecrated or holy oil: unction: confirmation: chrisom. (q.v.)
    • n Chrism a case for containing chrism: a pyx: a veil used in christening
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. crisme, from AS. crisma,; also OE. creme, fr. OF. cresme, like the AS. word fr. LL. chrisma, fr. Gr., fr. to anoint; perh. akin to L. friare, fricare, to rub, Skr. gharsh, E. friable, friction,. Cf. Chrisom

Usage

In literature:

And whence shall a man obtain this chrism?
"The Symposium" by Xenophon
From that chrism he arose a king.
"Robert Falconer" by George MacDonald
The one infallible tonic for weakened souls, the one supreme balm for bruised hearts is the divinely distilled chrism of labor.
"At the Mercy of Tiberius" by August Evans Wilson
In his youth he had been baptized with the chrism of sorrow and was safe from the devil of discontent.
"A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties" by Charles Major
That was the chrism of love, which love's own crown, With sanctifying sweetness, did precede.
"The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume IV" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Jerry lived under the daily chrism of that soft well-wishing.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
Such use of the chrism can be traced from the 2nd century.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
Was the fierce chrism that from his brows did ooze.
"A Problem in Greek Ethics" by John Addington Symonds
The chrism was used in addition to the holy oil.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
The first includes the symbolic sacraments: Baptism, Communion, Consecration of the Holy Chrism.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
He renounced the cross which its priests had signed on him with their chrism, their sham baptisms and other magical rites.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
Receive the poet's chrism, which smells beyond The priest's, and pass thy ways!
"The Browning Cyclopædia" by Edward Berdoe
Same as CHRISOM, under CHRISM (q.v.).
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)" by Various
This was done, Brother Beissel applying the chrism.
"A Tale of the Kloster" by Brother Jabez
Osbern tells us that Ethelnoth was dear to Canute because he had anointed him with the sacred chrism.
"Canute the Great" by Laurence Marcellus Larson
In it the first or highest triad is formed by baptism, communion and chrism.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4" by Various
Christ has anointed the Church with a chrism which abides and exerts itself in her as a permanent teacher.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
The door of the chamber was a little open, and she could hear the murmurs of the priest's words, and smell the odors of the sacred chrism.
"Folle-Farine" by Ouida
But now, what came, must come without that chrism of impulse; must come in remembrance and regret.
"On the Face of the Waters" by Flora Annie Steel
It brought the chrism from heaven at the baptism of Clovis.
"Demonology and Devil-lore" by Moncure Daniel Conway
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In poetry:

And fled away from me, and left
Love's dear regret alone.
The chrism of loving all I could,
And loving only one.
"A Woman's Mood" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
The costly chrism, in snowy stone,
A gracious odour sends;
Her little hoard, by sparing grown,
In one full act she spends.
"Mary" by George MacDonald
And still that solemn hymn, like smoke of sacrifice,
Clomb the blue April skies,
And on our anguish placed its sacramental chrism,
"Behold, the Lord is risen!"
"Easter Bells" by Kate Seymour Maclean
All who have toiled for Art, who've won or lost,
Sat equal priests at her high Pentecost;
Only the chrism and sacrament of flame,
Anointing all, inspired not all the same.
"Musings" by Madison Julius Cawein
The groom names not the hour,
be not guiled to tarry,
hark through ice the clarion voice,
your flax is drenched with chrism,
and, bidding goodbye to numb laze,
free, in love, you will rise.
"The Sense Of Your Bidding" by Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin
Too long I tarried, and too late I come,
O eyes and lips so strangely sealed and dumb:
My heart--what is it now, beloved, to you?
My love--that doth your holy silence wrong?
Ah! fairy face, star-crowned and chrismed with dew--
Too late! too long!
"Too Late" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Chrism mass at Holy Name Cathedral.
Cardinal Francis George celebrates the chrism mass to bless the sacramental oils used in all churches of the archdiocese.
EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MEO A view of the San Peter Basilica with Pope Benedict XVI during the Mass of the Chrism of Holy Thursday, Vatican City, 05 APRIL 2012.
One of the enactments of which I was unaware until I entered ministry was that of the Chrism Mass.
Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki dips his hand in holy water Tuesday before the start of the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist.
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