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Chrismation, the anointing with holy Chrism (muron), is the second sacrament in the Armenian Church. It is performed at the time of baptism. This ceremony links the newly baptized to generations of Armenian faithful, including the Apostles of Christ who first brought the muron to Armenia. It is through the holy chrism that the newly baptized receives the Holy Spirit. 

During this sacrament, twelve parts of the body are anointed with holy chrism. As the priest anoints each part of the body, he recites a special prayer.

The parts of the body that are granted special graces while being anointed are:

Forehead: “Sweet ointment in the name of Jesus Christ is poured upon you as a seal of incorruptible heavenly gifts”.

Eyes: “This seal in the name of Jesus Christ may enlighten your eyes that you may never sleep unto death”.

Ears: “This holy anointing be unto you for the hearing of the divine commandments”.

Nostril: "This seal in the name of Jesus Christ be to you a sweet smell from life unto life".

Lips: “This seal in the name of Jesus Christ be for you a guardian for your mouth and a strong door for your lips”.

Hands: “This seal in the name of Jesus Christ be to you a cause for charity and for all virtuous deeds and behavior”.

Heart: “This divine seal may confirm in you a pure heart and renew within you an upright spirit”.

Back: “This seal in the name of Jesus Christ be to you a shield of strength thereby to quench all the fiery darts of the Evil”.

Feet: “This divine seal of God may direct your steps unto life everlasting that you may not be shaken”.


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