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CHRISMATION - The sacrament completing baptism, whereby one receives the gift of the Holy Spirit through anointing with the Chrism, a specially prepared oil which must be consecrated by a bishop. On several occasions in Acts, a baptized Christian received the gift of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of the hands of an Apostle (Acts 8:14-17; 19:6). Chrismation is a continuation of that ancient practice in the Church.

Orthodox Church of the Mother of God. Mays Landing, NJ 08330

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