Sacred chrism (sacrum chrisma in Latin) is also used to anoint the altar and walls of a church building.
Chrism, along with the two oils used to bless catechumens and to anoint the sick, is blessed and distributed at Chrism Mass during Holy Week.
This is the same language used in the LXX in 1 Sam 10:1, when Samuel anoints Saul as Israel's king.
As in the Gospel of John, the woman anoints Jesus' feet rather than his head.
To illustrate, the entry for anoint
with an analytical definition and formal codes placed inside the entry looked like this:
They have come to anoint
Jesus like the woman in Bethany.
For in the name of Christ is implied, he that anoints
, he that is anointed
, and the unction itself with which he is anointed
At the table Mary anoints
Jesus' feet with a perfume that cost nearly a year's wages.
4) Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles, anoints
the altar with oil during the dedication Monday of the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels downtown.
In that story, a woman bathes Jesus' feet with her tears, anoints
them with ointment from her alabaster jar, and dries them with her hair.
African tradition meets postmodern artist with a bang as Wilson, dressed in black lace, anoints
his congregants under pulsing strobe lights and pumped-up music, heavy on the bass.
In Matthew, John and Mark, a female disciple anoints
Jesus' head with oil before his passion, just as the people of Judah anointed