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  • n  a consecrated ointment consisting of a mixture of oil and balsam

  • For centuries, the form has been the same: an application of the holy oils (chrism) on the recipient's forehead and the words "I mark you with the sign of the cross and I confirm .
  • The words and acts of the ritual tend to support this view: when the bishop anoints the forehead with chrism, a mixture of olive oil and balm, he also administers a ceremonial slap .

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