Holy Chrism Consecrated • South Canaan, PA

On Thursday, May 2, Great and Holy Thursday, His Eminence, Archbishop Mark participated in the Consecration of the Holy Chrism for the Orthodox Church in America.

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America presented His Eminence, Archbishop Mark with the newly consecrated chrism today at St. Tikhon’s Monastery in South Canaan, PA during the Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.

CLICK HERE for full report, information and gallery at oca.org.

Photo Credit: V. Rev. John Parker

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"The fragrant blend of olive oil, white wine, styrax, benzoin, rose oil, basil, balsam, Venetian turpentine, and galangal; aromatic incenses extracted in oil; oils of bergamot, clove, marjoram, thyme and sandalwood; and extracts of ginger root, calamus root, nutmeg, and orris root will continue to simmer until Holy Thursday. During that entire period, in 2-hour shifts day and night, a multitude of clergy from the monastery and surrounding area will take turns continuously stirring the mixture and reading the Gospels.

When the Holy Chrism is ready, it will be poured into bottles and distributed to the 700 parishes of the OCA—from Canada to the United States to Mexico. Parish priests will use the chrism during the Rite of Chrismation to anoint a person at the pronouncement of the words, “the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit”—a practice that some historians trace to the almost immediate post-apostolic period.

CLICK HERE for more information on the Confection of Holy Chrism.

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