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  • adj. Of or pertaining to or used in chrism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to or used in chrism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or of the nature of chrism.
  • n. In the early church: The vessel or flask in which the consecrated oil or chrism was contained.
  • n. A vessel for the reservation of the consecrated host.
  • n. A cloth used to cover relics.
  • n. The white cloth bound upon the head of one newly baptized, after the unction with chrism, for the purpose of retaining the chrism upon the head during the week. Also chrism.


Latin chrismalis. (Wiktionary)


  • The "chrismal" was a white linen cloth put on the head at the administration of baptism, which was taken off at the expiration of eight days.

    The Life of King Alfred

  • In present-day usage the words chrismal and chrismatory are taken indiscriminately and almost universally to refer to the vessels that are employed to hold the oils that are solemnly consecrated by the bishop on Holy Thursday, viz., oil of catechumens, oil of the sick, and chrism.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • And when I hear of people bringing water for baptismal purposes from the Jordan, I say in my heart, "How much more would I value for myself and friends the administration of the chrismal sacrament with the diviner flow from that low sand-hill in



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