Definition of Chrismation in English:



  • A rite in the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches that is comparable and similar to confirmation in the Roman Catholic Church.

    ‘More than any other mark of our parish's success, we celebrate the multitude of Baptisms and Chrismations that typify the spiritual growth of this community.’
    • ‘On Monday, I gave my life confession, part of the process leading up to my Chrismation on Saturday.’
    • ‘Baptism and Chrismation must be understood and experienced as corporate acts of worship and praise.’
    • ‘This is one of the reasons why Chrismation has never been performed separately in the Orthodox Church.’
    • ‘To date, in addition to several Chrismations most years, the parish has celebrated two weddings and will shortly have its first baptism.’



/krisˈmāSH(ə)n/ /krɪsˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/


Mid 16th century from medieval Latin chrismatio(n-), from chrismare ‘to anoint’.