The Blessing of the Holy Muron
The blessing of Holy Muron (the Holy Oil) or Chrism, which in Armenian is called Soorp Muron, began with St. Gregory the Illuminator and has continued to the present day. The oil has been an essential religious symbol, used as medicine for healing, fuel to create light and warmth, and as a food to sustain life. Also, oil is a symbol of reconciliation and peace. This is seen in the Dove of Peace who brought an olive branch to Noah announcing God’s forgiveness and reconciliation with man after the Great Flood.
The Holy Muron is composed mostly of olive oil and forty-eight aromas and flowers, which are used in the preparation of the Holy Oil. The pouring of the remaining portion of the previous blessed chrism into the newly prepared oil during the blessing ceremony passes the blessing from generation to generation. It has been happening for nearly 1700 years. The Catholicos of all Armenians in Etchmiadzin combines a new mixture of Muron in the cauldron every seven years using a portion from the previous blend. This is distributed to all Armenian churches throughout the world.
To the right of the Catholicos, Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch.