The Patriarchate lights cauldrons to produce Holy Myron oil

ISTANBUL

In a rare event that only happens once a decade, the Greek Patriarchate of Fener lit the cauldrons to prepare some 350-400 kilos of Saint Myron oil, which will be sent to all Orthodox churches around the world. to be used at baptism.

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The cauldrons were lit for three days after Easter on April 17, with clergymen mixing some 57 different ingredients.

The ingredients included olive oil imported from the island of Crete, Greece, honey, red wine, rose water, rosemary, sage from the garden, gum, hazelnut, cardamom, cinnamon, marjoram, lavender, saffron and castor oil sent to Istanbul from surrounding churches. the globe.

Saint Myron Oil, also called Chrism, Holy Anointing Oil and Consecrated Oil, is the oil with the highest level of sanctification in the Christian Church. It is used for anointing in church sacraments such as baptism and confirmation and especially during confirmation in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Saint Myron is sanctified by the Patriarch, with the participation of a host of bishops and other clergy.

According to data obtained from Patriarchate sources, the materials were brought from the southern province of Hatay and countries such as China, Syria and Yemen.

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The light under the cauldrons, which is controlled by special inspectors, mostly chemists, will be turned off today.

“This preparation is done once a decade. The holy oil will be sent to the patriarchates of Moscow, Jerusalem and Hatay, and then to all Orthodox churches around the world,” sources said. The oil of Saint Myron will be used during the baptism. The bishops apply the oil to the heads, hands and feet of babies while making the sign of the cross.

The Saint Myron dates back to the “Book of Exodus”, the second book of the Bible, in which God told the Prophet Moses how to prepare one.

It is believed that the first attempts to produce the holy oil were made in the second century as Christianity spread across the world.

However, official data indicates that the first oil of Saint Myron was produced by Michael IV the Paphlagonian in 1208, followed by that of the Patriarch Gabriel III in 1705.

Since the 1950s, Holy Myton Oil has been regularly prepared by the Greek Patriarchate of Fener once a decade.

Bartholomew I has been the current Archbishop of the Greek Patriarchate of Fener since November 2, 1991. The spiritual leader of all Orthodox communities in the world was born on February 29, 1940 on Turkey’s largest island, Gökçeada (Imbros).

Sharon P. Juarez