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« on: September 10, 2008, 02:26:31 AM »

"Muron" is the word used in the Armenian Church for the oil that is used for blessings, consecrations, etc.  It is blessed every seven years by the Catholicos of all Armenians.  The blessing of Muron is going to take place this year on September 28.

http://www.etchmiadzin.com/

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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2008, 01:18:36 PM »

Here is a video of the consecration of Muron by Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I, Patriarch of Antioch and Aboon Mor Baselius Thomas I Catholicose of the Syriac Orthodox Church.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ-H-xm-7Pk

The commentry is in Malayalam.
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2008, 03:35:15 PM »

"Muron" is the word used in the Armenian Church for the oil that is used for blessings, consecrations, etc.  It is blessed every seven years by the Catholicos of all Armenians.  The blessing of Muron is going to take place this year on September 28.

http://www.etchmiadzin.com/



The Copts have a tradition that a little of the myron that is consecrated is taken from the previous, because the orginal batch contained the spices brought by the myrrh bearing women to the tomb but not used.  Do the Armenians have the same tradition?
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2008, 08:32:11 PM »

I'm pretty sure I have heard that some of the old muron is used to make the new.
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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2008, 10:37:20 AM »

Is it possible to find a comparative analysis of the holy meron tradition in all OO churches?

For example, in Armenia the blessing of the oil is done in september while in Ethiopia it is in june. What about the other churches? What are the reasons for the differences? Who is blessing the meron? The Patriarch only or the patriarch together with all the bishops? How often is this practice done? ...

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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2008, 08:18:26 PM »

Is it possible to find a comparative analysis of the holy meron tradition in all OO churches?


That would be really great!  Actually, it sounds like a great idea for an article for our brother EA's new website.   Grin


All I really know about the Armenian tradition would be in the articles contained in the website I linked above.  I also would like to hear about the traditions in other Churches.
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2008, 01:33:27 AM »

For ease of reference, I'm going to copy some of the articles from the above etchmiadzin website:

 
The Origin of Our Muron 
 
Where it comes from

The use of holy Muron (Chrism), in our Church dates back to the time of the Apostles. According to tradition, which is noted by author Vanakan Vardabet (1181 –1251) in his work "Praise of the Armenian Nation" the oil blessed by Christ was brought to Armenia by the first Enlightener of our nation the Apostle St. Thaddeus. In the work "Regarding the History of the Holy and Divine Oil", which is often encountered in Armenian manuscripts, it is stated that the Apostle Thaddeus upon coming to Armenia, anointed King Abgar with this oil, which he had brought with him, healing the king from a skin disease with which he was afflicted. St. Thaddeus then went to Taron, to the place where later St. Gregory the Enlightener (St. Grigor Loosavorich) was to build the St. Hovhannes (John) monastery, and buried the bottle of holy oil underneath an evergreen tree.

Through a vision later seen by St. Gregory, and by the light which illuminated the spot, the Armenian pontiff found the bottle of holy oil and mixed it with the Muron which he blessed. As every newly blessed Muron contains a small amount of the previously blessed Muron, the Armenian Muron due to its continuity has an amount of the original oil with which Christ was himself anointed.
 
 
 Ingredients 
 
The main element of Holy Muron is pure virgin olive oil, to which balsam is added as well as 40 kinds of fragrant incenses, flowers, roots of sweet aromatic plants, flower waters as well as different oil and leaf extracts. In the "Mashtots" (ritual book) of Blessing the Muron, it is said, "the main ingredients of Holy Muron are pure virgin olive oil and the oil of balsam".

Balsam is a fragrant liquid which comes from the bark of an evergreen tree such as an oleaster. The balsam is first softened with linseed oil allowing it to break down and combine with the olive oil. If not softened it will stay at the bottom of the caldron, not impart its might to the mixture and there will be a lack of balsam in the Muron. It is stated in the Mashtots, "More balsam is commendable. The more the balsam the more praiseworthy it is." To ensure that the balsam integrates with the other ingredients, it is boiled with linseed oil first and kept separate from the olive oil until both have been properly boiled. Once the boiling process has been completed, the balsam is poured into the olive oil and boiled again to properly unite them. This mixture is kept separate from the other ingredients until the day of the Blessing Service.
 


On the Main Altar 
 
40 days before the Blessing Service is offered, the Holy Muron cauldron is filled with pure olive oil, placed on the main altar of the Mother Cathedral and covered with a woven veil. In the past, 7 layers of veils covered the cauldron. A prayer service, which begins a 40-day process of psalms, hymns, scripture readings and prayers, took place on 19 August following the conclusion of Evening Vesper Services in the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin. On the Eve of the Blessing of the Holy Muron, a vigil is held at the cauldron and the next day the official celebration of the Blessing is held.

 


Day of the Blessing 
 
According to tradition, in earlier times the blessing of the Holy Muron occurred on Holy Thursday. In the last two to three centuries, the contemporary editions of the "Mashtots" (ritual book) states that the blessing service is to take place either on Holy Thursday, the Feast of Pentecost or another suitable day. Because a great number of pilgrims travel to Armenia for the blessing from different parts of the world and also due to the changing weather conditions in the Ararat Valley (the regional location of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin), the Blessing of the Holy Muron has been conducted in the fall during the last 100 years.

 
 
Pontifical Ritual Book - “Hayr Mashtots” 
 
The canon "The Blessing of the Holy Muron" is contained in the the Pontifical Ritual Book "Hayr Mashtots" of the Armenian Church. Though several dozens "Mashtots" were written and preserved before the XII century they do not contain the canon for Blessing the Muron. This is due to the characteristics of the Armenian Church and Armenian manuscripts. The canons included in the "Mashtots" are divided into three groups based upon the rank of use: Catholicos, Bishop, and Priest. Priests do not have the right to conduct Canons that are written for bishops. In the same way a bishop can not conduct a canon reserved for a Catholicos. Whereas the Catholicos has the right to conduct all the canons of the bishop and those of the priest.

There are three specific canons for the Catholicos:

Blessing of Muron
Ordination and Consecration of Bishops
Blessing of the King

These three canons together with the canon of consecrating the Catholicos compile the "Hayr Mashtots" for the Catholicos.
 
 

 
Word Origin  
 
Muron is a Greek word, which means "fragrant oil" or "essence flowing from a plant". The word is derived from the root "to rub", "to anoint". Since the early days of history the olive oil was used together with various fragrant spices. It was widely used by the eastern nations, mainly by the ancient Jews during feast days (Ps. 23:5, Amos 6:6). In the days of Christ the tradition of pouring the ointment on the head or the feet of the guest as a sign of honor was very much alive (Mark 14:3, John 12:3). According to the Divine commandment given to the first prophet Moses (Ex. 30:23-30) the priests of God used the olive oil mixed with extensive, precious, incense, and various spices and flowers. The finest and the most precious of these was the ointment of spikenard (Song of Songs. 1:12, Mark 14:3).
 
 

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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2008, 01:37:34 AM »

News Release from Holy Etchmiadzin:
 
 
Preparations Underway for Blessing of the Holy Muron

From the time of the first Catholicos of All Armenians – St. Gregory the Illuminator, the right to bless the Holy Muron (Chrism) has been reserved for the consecrated head of the Church, the Catholicos of All Armenians.

The blessing of the Holy Muron, which traditionally occurs once every seven years, will take place in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin on the Feast of the Holy Cross of Varag, September 28, 2008. His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, will preside and personally offer the service. He will be assisted by twelve archbishops of the Armenian Church from dioceses throughout the world.

Upon the Pontifical Order of His Holiness, several major committees were created in the Spring of 2008, to undertake the preparations for the blessing service, planning of events and for receiving the numerous guests and pilgrims that will be visiting Armenia. Many high-ranking clergymen and representatives from sister churches and Christian organizations have made plans to be in attendance.

One of the committees has already completed their work of gathering the ingredients for the Holy Muron. The two main elements which makes up the foundation of the Holy Muron are pure, virgin olive oil and balsam, to which are combined more than 40 kinds of fragrant incense, flowers, sweet aromatic plants, roots and floral extracts, as well as different oil and leaf extracts.

The ingredients have been transported to the Mother See from numerous sources and countries around the world. The large supply of olive oil was graciously donated to Holy Etchmiadzin by His Excellency Ioannis Korinthios, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Hellenic Republic (Greece) to the Republic of Armenia, as a gift from the Greek people to the Armenians. Balsam and rose oil were brought to Holy Etchmiadzin by Mr. Bedros Aslanian, from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Numerous oils and extracts have arrived from the Far East – the majority from India, and were personally delivered by Very Rev. Father Oshagan Gulgulian, Dean of the Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy in Calcutta and Pastor of the Armenians of India.

Clove oil, castor oil, lemon oil, lemon essence, bay oil and musk powder are just a few of the rare ingredients transported from India during Father Oshagan’s most recent visit. Father Oshagan stated that the ingredients came from several locations, including Mumbai (Bombay), areas north of Delhi and some from Kolkata (Calcutta). Due to international airline restrictions, the ingredients had to be specially wrapped and boxed for transport, as they could not be hand carried on the plane.

Father Oshagan remarked that during his journey, Indian and U.A.E. officials were exceedingly helpful and respectful when they discovered the final purpose of the ingredients he was transporting and the rarity of the occasion. The final leg of his journey was aboard Armavia Airlines, and upon learning of the purpose of his trip, the crew was excited and happy to be a part of his mission. "I was very proud to be flying on an Armenian plane, carrying the ingredients for the Holy Muron, and when Mt. Ararat and finally, Holy Etchmiadzin came into view, it was a very emotional moment for me", said Father Oshagan.

On the evening of August 18, the cauldron which holds the Holy Muron was filled with olive oil and placed on the bema in front of the main altar of the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin. For the next 40 days, it shall be present for the prayers and special psalms which are read during evening services, as well as during the Divine Liturgies celebrated for the next seven weeks.


Once all of the other ingredients are gathered, they will be crushed, ground and mixed with white wine, rose water, and other floral essences by the members of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin, with their offerings of prayer and incense. The mixing is scheduled to take place on September 14, 15 and 16, following which the mixture cooks for three days on September 17, 18 and 19, all on the grounds of the Mother See.

Numerous dioceses outside of Armenia have made plans to bring groups of pilgrims to witness and participate in this special event. Several public events are planned during the days before and after the festive service.

The schedule of events follows. More information will be provided as details become available.

Friday, 26 September

Consecration of new St John the Baptist and St Vartan Baptisteries
Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

Concert by the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Yerevan Opera House

Saturday, 27 September

Ecumenical Prayer Service
St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Yerevan

Sunday, 28 September

Celebration of the Divine Liturgy
Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin

Blessing of the Holy Muron
Open Air Altar, Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

Monday, 29 September

Performance of "Anush" opera
Yerevan Opera House
 
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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2008, 01:43:07 AM »

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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2008, 01:51:58 AM »

Is it possible to find a comparative analysis of the holy meron tradition in all OO churches?

For example, in Armenia the blessing of the oil is done in september while in Ethiopia it is in june. What about the other churches? What are the reasons for the differences? Who is blessing the meron? The Patriarch only or the patriarch together with all the bishops? How often is this practice done? ...

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I know that for the Copts, it is done when the supply runs low. It is considered a singular blessing for the Pope to whom it falls.

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The ingredients have been transported to the Mother See from numerous sources and countries around the world. The large supply of olive oil was graciously donated to Holy Etchmiadzin by His Excellency Ioannis Korinthios, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Hellenic Republic (Greece) to the Republic of Armenia, as a gift from the Greek people to the Armenians
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« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2008, 08:48:04 AM »

"Muron" is the word used in the Armenian Church for the oil that is used for blessings, consecrations, etc.  It is blessed every seven years by the Catholicos of all Armenians.  The blessing of Muron is going to take place this year on September 28.

http://www.etchmiadzin.com/

Peace mate, check this however I believe you will find the word myrune (or some similar spelling) is used by many Orthodox Churches and that it's originally a Greek word.
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« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2008, 02:29:03 AM »

Yes also in the Indian tradition it is considered to be a great blessing to witness the Blessing of the Holy Muron. And definitely some of the Old Batch is added to the new .
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« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2008, 07:03:42 PM »

More news:

His Holiness Karekin II Blesses the ingredients for the Holy Muron
Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Information Services Sep 17, 2008 4:18 AM

Sunday, September 14, was the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross – one of the five major feast days of the Armenian Church. This year, the day was also significant, as it played an important role in the preparations leading up to the Blessing of the Holy Muron (Chrism), scheduled to take place in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin on Sunday, September 28.

His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, presided during the Divine Liturgy celebrated in the Mother Cathedral in the morning. In the evening, following vespers, His Holiness presided during the "Andastan" service, wherein the Catholicos, bishops, priests, deacons and faithful processed around the Cathedral with the reliquary containing an actual piece of the Holy Cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. The Andastan service also includes the blessing of the four corners of the world on this festive day. The service is noted by the blessing of basil and the sprinkling of rosewater on the faithful.

At the conclusion of the Andastan service, the procession of clergy and faithful moved from the courtyard of the Mother Cathedral to the garden of the Old Pontifical Residence, where the service of blessing the ingredients that will comprise the Holy Muron was offered. As Holy Scripture was read, prayers intoned and hymns sung, the Armenian Pontiff blessed the oils, balsam, floral extracts, aromatic roots and plants, and asked for the graces of the Holy Spirit to descend from heaven, infuse the elements of nature that would soon be added to the cauldron, and to dwell within the hearts of Armenian faithful in the homeland and throughout the Diaspora.

In his message to the faithful, His Holiness also stated, "We encourage our sons and daughters throughout the world to pray with us unceasingly during this time, so that your voices will be mixed with the sweet aromas and floral essences, and thereby sanctify the Muron. We ask God to send the manifold gifts of the Holy Spirit with His miraculous power to purify the souls of all Armenians who will be baptized, sealed and ordained with this Chrism, and that the sanctity of the Muron becomes the adornment of every individual."

After the ingredients were blessed, His Holiness added the elements into the cauldron one at a time, and sealed the lid. The cooking process will take three full days, during which time the cauldron is constantly attended to by the monks and deacons of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin. As the fire below the cauldron cooks the elements, the clergy stand 24-hr vigil and offer their continuous prayers and recitation of psalms, since the mixture is never left unattended.

On the evening of Wednesday, September 17, the cooking process will come to an end, and the mixture will be allowed to rest for three full days. During this time as well, the cauldron is never left unattended and is always accompanied by the prayers and psalms of the priests.

On Sunday, September 21, the mixture will be strained and prepared for the actual blessing of the Holy Muron one week later, on Sunday, September 28, when it is mixed with the pure olive oil that has been placed in the main cauldron which has been resting on the bema of the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin for the past 40 days. Also added at that time will be a portion of the Holy Muron consecrated by the Catholicos of All Armenians in 2001, to confirm the continuity of the Holy Muron from the past to the present, and from the present to the future.


 
 


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« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2008, 07:13:38 PM »

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« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2008, 09:12:04 PM »

The blessing of the ingredients is also on youtube:

part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6GZV24xxsA&feature=related

part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H54UiwwWTOI&NR=1

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLBLv5x0PQA&feature=related


I'm pretty sure the object under the veil on the table is the Holy Cross.  It has sweet basil around it, which is an Armenian custom.  The story is that when St. Helen found the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, there was sweet basil growing on it.  Sweet basil is green and fresh and so it represents life.  On the day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, sweet basil is blessed and given out to the faithful.
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« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2008, 08:36:19 PM »

This is an advertisement for the muron blessing.  It seems to show the monks grinding the ingredients for the muron:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMN4a2lpbP0
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« Reply #16 on: September 25, 2008, 01:54:57 AM »

Yet another video of the ingredients being blessed:

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« Reply #17 on: September 28, 2008, 05:20:28 PM »

The Blessing of the Holy Muron took place today.  The following is the message delivered by His Holiness, Karekin II:




The Message of His Holiness Karekin II
Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians
on the Occasion of the BLESSING OF THE HOLY MURON
Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, 28 September 2008

 In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

"You shall prepare oil for holy annointing…
It is sacred, and therefore should remain sacred for you."
(Exodus 30:25-32)

Dear pious Armenian pilgrims,

From the heights of heaven, holiness descends once more today and disperses blessing, grace and exuberance over our homeland, within our souls, and throughout the whole of Armenian life. In the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, with the prayerful participation of the sons and daughters of our nation dispersed throughout the world, we bless the Holy Muron (Chrism) according to the words granted from our Lord. Glory, unending praise and thanks to our all-provident God.


It is through the beneficent Will of God, that on this festive day of the Holy Cross of Varag, we have gathered together with joyful souls to bless the Holy Muron. We are together in our holiest site where Christ Himself descended, which was drawn with heavenly lights as the center of witness of faith and the altar of oath for our people and for all time. For continuous centuries, guided by the spirit of pilgrimage, our Armenian nation, reinforced and renewed with faith, sees their illuminated path to eternity – their path to salvation and God. "So that this illuminates us with faith and we grow in the house of God; so that this renews us with the graces of the Holy Spirit and fills us, makes us fruitful and bountiful with the same." (Catholicos of All Armenians Simeon of Yerevan). The God-granted and soul-sustaining mission of Holy Etchmiadzin, from the time of Saint Gregory our Illuminator, is dispersed and distributed through the Holy Muron to our churches, our hearths and Armenian life around the globe.


On this grace-renewing day of the Blessing of the Holy Muron, we mixed the most noble, aromatic and healing liquids with the fruit of the olive tree – the symbol of peace with our Creator. To this virtuous mixture, we combined the previous Muron, through which, we transmit the oil blessed by our Lord from generation to generation; and also mixed the newly made Muron of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia. We blessed it with our sacred and cherished relics – with the saving Cross of our Lord, the Holy Lance, and the Holy Right Hand of our Illuminator Pontiff. With the warmest prayers of our souls, we appealed for the intercession of our holy forefathers, so that the newly blessed Muron, through the permeation of the Holy Spirit, becomes "the seal of heavenly cleanliness". We prayed that the seven virtues of heaven be distributed within our lives, and as God has directed, the Muron be and always remain sacred for all of us. Today, this Muron receives miraculous power with the heavenly graces of the Holy Spirit. Today, this substance, through prayer and entreaty, becomes conscious and alive, "I sanctify you, oil of the olive tree, in the name of Almighty God… so that all influences and powers of satan be persecuted by you, so that you become strengthened with blessing, to seal the Holy Spirit on all those whom you anoint, in the name of the Almighty Father and the Son – our Lord Jesus Christ." (Canon of the Blessing of the Muron).


Through the benevolent Will of God, the Holy Muron is holy and sanctifies. With the luminous and sweet aromatic Muron, we consecrate our churches; transforming them into the house of God. Through their ordination with Muron, clergymen are called to service at the holy altar of our Lord. Through the grace-bearing and grace-dispersing Muron, we are born from the baptismal font as the worthy people of God – as the Holy Armenian Apostolic Church. Through the seal of the Holy Muron, we recognize, live, feel and protect our Armenian and Christian identity and our national wholeness. Sealed with Holy Muron, we have triumphed over all wars of life and death; over all campaigns for survival and endurance, for the sake of our faith and our homeland. Through the power and light of the Muron, we unite our past, present and the future of our children.


The Blessing of the Holy Muron, dear Armenian sons and daughters, is a call and invitation to our nation, to remain under the graces of holiness, to renounce evil and its works, and to keep the light of our Lord’s gospel undimmed in our lives. The Blessing of the Muron is an exhortation to live with Christ, to walk with Christ, since you were baptized in Christ and took on the garment of Christ with the Holy Muron. (ref. Gal 3:27) Only with our Lord and the love He bestows, shall goodness and justice reign in our lives. Only thus shall the sacred faith our fathers remain unshaken and immaculate in our hearts, and our paths shall become successful and full of hope.


Today we, as Pontiff of All Armenians, are encouraged and optimistic, filled with the hopes of the future, since in our native land of Armenia and Artsakh, in our revitalized Church, in our independent state, but especially in the healthy inner-life of our people, we feel and see the awakening and maturing will and imperative to be cleansed, to be purified, and to create a righteous society and just state. We see the will and the demand to heal our national wounds, to overcome the difficulties in our ecclesiastical life – the divisions and diverging opinions brought on by the times. So that in Armenian life, we are one and united, always and forever – one nation, one faith, one Church – with our united homeland, and to proceed to new accomplishments with one will and one mind, to the realization of our righteous aspirations and worthy goals, to the lasting refuge provided for us by God.


We are optimistic and encouraged from all the goodness bequeathed to our nation by God, from all good works that are fruitful in Armenian life in dispersion, from plans turning into reality which serve the welfare of our people, the prosperity of our homeland, and the vibrancy of our Holy Church. Let us unite and strengthen our efforts so that our native land blossoms and lives in God-granted peace and liberty, and gains strength with our Lord’s true love, with the devotion, talent and creativity of its sons and daughters. Let us take care and be attentive so that our Holy Church dispersed throughout the world, always be vibrant through the traditions and contributions of our ancestors, with its God-loving people who are faithful to their Etchmiadzin-sealed souls. May the unity and mission of our Holy Church and the solidarity of our people be fruitful through the miraculous and nation-gathering graces of strength of the luminous Muron.


Dear pious faithful, on this sacred day of Blessing the Holy Muron, let us gaze again to see the descent of our Lord with the ranks of angels, the destruction of the demons of hell with the strike of the golden hammer, and the flow of life-giving waters from the heavenly altar deluging all of Armenian life, which is the Illuminator’s vision of our people’s baptism and rebirth with the Holy Spirit. Let us see and be reinforced with faith, and be filled with new hopes, with the awakening of reborn life.


O Armenian people, O people graced and triumphant, who through the life you have lived from century to century through heroic testimonies, are faithful to your oath with God established through Holy Etchmiadzin. Be renewed daily with your faith, become luminous with the righteous and beneficial results of church-building and nation-devoted works, so that under God’s blessing, our Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin remains eternally unshaken, our homeland forever crowned by Ararat always remains free and independent, and that Armenians always look to the future with confidence.


It is with these emotions and wishes what we welcome the presence of the president of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsian; president of the Republic of Nagorno Karabagh, Bako Sahakian; and high-ranking state authorities of the Armenians; wishing them success in the progress of Armenia and Artsakh, and for the sake of the right of our people in Artsakh to live free.


With our love in Christ, we extend our fraternal greetings to the incumbents of our hierarchal sees, His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia; His Beatitude Torkom Manoogian, Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem; and His Beatitude Mesrob Mutafian, Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople; asking for God’s blessing and assistance for their lives.


We are happy on this joyous day for our people, to welcome in Holy Etchmiadzin our brother in Christ, Ecumenical Patriarch His All Holiness Bartholomew I, asking for God’s protection for his pious flock.


Our love in Christ we also convey to the graceful representatives of our sister Churches, the diplomats accredited in the Republic of Armenia, and representatives of governmental and international organizations, wishing for them God’s daily guidance in their mission of service.


We convey our pontifical blessings and greet the diocesan primates of our Church, diocesan and parochial councils, our oath-bound ranks of clergy, you – our sons and daughters who have come today as pilgrims, and all our pious people in Armenia, Artsakh and the Diaspora.


Let us together pray that the Almighty grant reconciliation to the world, keep our homeland in peace under His grace, and keep our people throughout the world secure and tranquil.


May the newly blessed Muron, as God has directed, be sacred for us and all, now and always. Amen.
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« Reply #18 on: September 30, 2008, 08:40:57 PM »

etchmiadzin.com has a lengthy photo gallery up, showing the Muron blessing.  I'm just going to post a few of the pictures, so everyone can see two very important relics that are used in the blessing, the Holy Spear, which pierced the side of Christ, and an arm shaped reliquary holding the relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator.  The pictures below are from photo galleries 20 and 23, on the site:












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« Reply #19 on: October 02, 2008, 11:19:57 PM »

Excellent photos, thanks for the link Salpy!  I note the presence in some of the photos towards the end (gallery 22) of Metropolitans Mor Athanasios (I think) and Mor Chrysostomos of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, who were part of our Church's official delegation to Armenia for the consecration of holy chrism. 
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« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2008, 07:00:35 PM »

http://malankaraorthodoxchurch.in/index.php?option=com_zoom&Itemid=204&catid=85
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« Reply #21 on: October 27, 2008, 09:24:47 PM »

Finally, a video showing scenes from the actual blessing of the Muron:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwtO8lcFuaA
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« Reply #22 on: November 03, 2008, 01:08:59 AM »

Reply #18 of the Oriental Orthodox Prayer thread has a prayer by St. Gregory of Nareg, which is about the Holy Muron:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,13200.msg265260.html#msg265260
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« Reply #23 on: March 16, 2011, 03:44:49 PM »

It is said that the Holy Muron came from the oil made by Moses himself. It still existed in Jesus' day when Jesus blessed it and passed it on to his disciples.

Many believe that since the book of Exodus says that the Holy Anointing Oil made by Moses would be for all time, that the oil of Moses has indeed survived in succession to this very day in the Holy Muron.

When new oil is made and added to the old,  the holy oil is stirred with what is said to be the tip of the lance driven through Jesus’ side.

Please read the excerpt below:

"  According to tradition, a portion of the Holy Anointing Oil of Exodus 30, which Moses and Aaron had blessed, still remained in Jesus’ time. Jesus Christ blessed this oil and then gave some of it to Thaddeus, who took the holy oil to Armenia and healed King Abkar of a terrible skin disease by anointing him with the holy oil. Saint Thaddeus is said to have buried a bottle of the Holy Anointing Oil in Daron under an evergreen tree. Saint Gregory the Illuminator discovered the hidden treasure and mixed it with muron that he had blessed. It is said that “To this day, whenever a new batch of muron is prepared and blessed, a few drops of the old one go into it, so that the Armenian muron always contains a small amount of the original oil blessed by Moses, Jesus Christ, and Gregory the Illuminator.”

The remaining portion of the previous blessed holy oil is poured into the newly prepared oil during the blessing ceremony and passes the blessing from generation to generation. It is said that this very procedure has been followed for nearly 1700 years. The Catholicos of all Armenians in Etchmiadzin combines a new mixture of Holy Muron in the cauldron every seven years using a portion of the holy muron from the previous blend. This sweet-scented holy oil is stirred with what is said to be the tip of the lance driven through Jesus’ side. This is distributed to all of the Armenian churches throughout the world.  "

Excerpt from: http://curtisdward.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/the-holy-anointing-oil-2/
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« Reply #24 on: March 16, 2011, 03:48:08 PM »

More information about the Holy Muron being from the Holy Anointing Oil made by Moses in Exodus chapter 30, may be found at this link:

http://www.reporter.am/go/article/2008-09-23-the-blessing-of-the-muron-behind-the-ritual
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« Reply #25 on: March 16, 2011, 10:36:37 PM »

Welcome to the forum.   Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: March 17, 2011, 08:52:16 AM »

Welcome to the forum, FireSurfer9. Thanks for the great article link.
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