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« on: October 08, 2005, 02:46:11 AM »

In my study of Orthodoxy I have fouind reference to the use of the Oil
of Catechumens also Oil of Exorcism in Hippolytus in the early church,
real early, and it is apparently still used by Oriental Orthodox, i.e.,
Monophysite heretics.

The Roman Catholics still use it, the Orthodox among the ROCOR
bunch at least apparently don't as a priest of such on a yahoo
egroup knows nothing of it.

Yet a post somewhere on this makes reference to this oil of the

Could someone explain more?

Also I found a reference in a search engine's summary to John
of Damascus mentioning this oil's use, but now I can't find the
reference, though I located Hippolytus and read his reference.
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2005, 11:02:08 AM »

Anglicans also use the three oils: the Oil of the Sick, the oil of the Catechumens and the Sacred Chrism.

The Oil of catechumens is used during the exorcisms in the Roman Catholic Church and in the Church of England.  I was made a catechumen in "the ROCOR bunch" (how very polite) last month and I was anointed at the exorcism with what I assumed was the oil of catechumens.  I shall ask to make sure but I have no reason to believe that it was anything but the oil of catechumens.
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2005, 05:51:36 PM »

The actual title "oil of catechumens" may not be used, but the actual oil itself is.  At the service of baptism (or maybe entrance into catechumenate, though I've never seen it done there), oil is blessed by the priest and the catechumen is anointed with it as the final act of exorcism.  The oil is also poured into the baptismal font, right before the baptism itself.

The big difference between Western practice and Eastern is that in the West the oil is blessed by the bishop on Holy Thursday at the "Chrism Mass", whereas in the East it is blessed at each baptism.
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2005, 08:13:10 PM »

Oriental Orthodox, i.e., Monophysite heretics.

While you are free to believe whatever you like concerning the Non-Chalcedonians, the terms "monophysite" and "heretic" are not to be used on this forum in reference to them; you can read about this in the rules of the forum.


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