Furthermore, in response to the emphatic assertion by some Orthodox churches of the spiritual and temporal unity of the initiatory sacraments--baptism, chrismation
, and anointing Catholics affirm, in their dialogue with the Orthodox, that
Johnson, "From Three Weeks to Forty Days: Baptismal Preparation and the Origins of Lent," Studia liturgica 20 (1990) 185-200; and Dominic Serra, "Syrian Prebaptismal Anointing and Western Postbaptismal Chrismation
," Worship 79 (2005) 328-41.
In the Byzantine Tradition, and in the Christian East in general, Baptism forms one integrated rite of initiation that is celebrated together with Chrismation
(what the west calls Confirmation) and Eucharist.
As in the West, baptism was delegated to presbyters, but so, too, was the chrismation
A first step in establishing a theological space for a discourse of encouragement, then, is to recognize the church's complex of initiatory rites: the revived catechumenate for baptismal preparation, baptism proper where the agent is the Holy Spirit, chrismation
(anointing with oil that symbolizes the giving of the Holy Spirit in Origen's sense) and receiving the Eucharist, the beginning of on-going nourishment of baptismal identity.
Then, in due course, they are baptized and undergo chrismation
, a sacrament similar to confirmation.
These five lectures, known as the Mystagogical Catecheses, explained the significance of sacraments such as baptism, chrismation
Forms of confirmation he author treats are, among others: the sacrament which, along with baptism and Eucharist, marks the Christian initiation of adults; chrismation
, the Eastern rite's form of confirmation that always accompanies baptism; confirmation as a nonsacramental maturity rite practiced in some Protestant and Anglican traditions; adolescent confirmation and the full or abbreviated confirmation of persons in danger of death.
by baptism and chrismation
, some by chrismation
alone, and some merely by confession of faith.
It is with an "instinct of faith," sensus fidei, that I attempt to elucidate what I perceive--namely, that the Holy Mystery (sacrament) of chrismation
is the theological and liturgical basis for the exercise of primacy within the Church.
What makes these living icons' witness so compelling is theosis, the Holy Spirit transforming disciples into the likeness of God, a process that begins at baptism and chrismation
Given this virtual absence of common laity from the institutional and sacramental life of the church, how could lay men and women conceive of themselves as guardians when they did not appear to be particularly "involved" in that life, other than by baptism and chrismation
(both usually as infants)?