September 9th, 2005

Rosehip hunting in Alderfer

Wherein I attempt to answer a question about about holy oil.

I got a text message from mountain_hiker earlier this afternoon asking about oil of catechumens. We exchanged a few messages, then he asked if both that and chrism would be applied when someone is baptized for the first time as an adult.

I didn't know, so I asked my sister, who teaches catechism. She thought they'd just use one and advised that I look it up in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In its section on baptism, "anointing of the holy chrism" is used to describe the anointing at baptism.

Next, I asked my mother, who became Catholic as an adult. She's pretty sure she was anointed with both the oil of catechumens and chrism when she received the sacrament of initiation into the church (baptism, confirmation, and receiving the Eucharist) during Easter Vigil, but said she'll check her notes for me later today to be sure.

Anyhow, here's a digression on holy oil. Please comment with any corrections and/or clarifications as I assembled most of the following between rereading parts of the Catechism and relevant articles in the Catholic Encyclopedia. Collapse )