H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos and H.G.Dr.Abraham Mar Seraphim representing Malankara Church at Holy Muron Koodasha of Armenian Church.
On behalf of His Holiness Baselius Marthoma Paulos II, Catholicos of East, H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan of Bombay and H.G.Abraham Mar Seraphim went to Aremenia for attending the Eccumenical meeting and for the consecration of Holy Muron on 28th September, 2015. On September 26, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; an Ecumenical meeting was held in the Auditorium of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, with the participation of 39 heads and representatives of Christian Churches who traveled to Armenia on the occasion of the Blessing of the Holy Muron. His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Martirosyan, representing His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia; His Eminence Archbishop Aram Ateshyan, Vicar of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople; Bishops of the Mother See; Diocesan Primates of the Armenian Church and members of the Brotherhoods of the Mother See and the Hierarchical Sees were in attendance.Attending the Ecumenical meeting from the Christian churches and organizations were delegations and representatives of the Coptic Orthodox Church; Syrian Orthodox Church; Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church; Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East; Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria; Russian Orthodox Church; Serbian Orthodox Church; Romanian Orthodox Church; Orthodox Church of Cyprus; Czech Orthodox Church; Albanian Orthodox Church; Roman Catholic Church; Greek Catholic Church; Syrian Catholic Church; Armenian Catholic Church; Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland; Community of Sant’Egidio and the World Council of Churches.
The blessings and consecration of the Holy Muron will be held today. The blessings and consecration of the Holy Muron (Chrism) is a sacred and mysterious service, which is traditionally held once every 5 to 7 years. Muron has two essential elements: olive oil and balsam, which are mixed with more than 40 varieties of incense, flowers, spices, flower essences, oils and leaves. 40 days before the Blessing and Consecration of Muron the caldron filled with pure olive oil, is placed on the altar of the Mother Cathedral and covered with a woven veil. During each of the 40 days, a special service is offered after the evening worship, in preparation for the upcoming Muron Blessing Ceremony.
In the Armenian Church, the right to Bless and Consecrate the Holy Muron is reserved for the Catholicos of All Armenians, who blesses it with three traditional Holy relics of our Church: the Relic of the True Cross, which contains a piece of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord; the Holy Lance ‘Geghard’ which pierced the side of Christ; and the reliquary of the Right Hand of St. Gregory the Illuminator.
The use of holy Muron (Chrism), in the Armenian Church dates back to the times of the Apostles. According to tradition, the oil blessed by Christ was brought to Armenia by the first Enlightener the Apostle St. Thaddeus. He anointed sick King Abgar with the oil he brought with him, and healed him. The Apostle then went to Taron, where he buried his bottle of oil under an evergreen tree. Later through the vision of St. Gregory the Illuminator, the first Armenian pontiff found it and mixed it with the Muron which he blessed. Each time the Catholicos of All Armenians blesses new Muron, the old Muron inherited from St. Gregory the Illuminator is mixed with the new Muron, as the graces contained in the old Muron are conveyed to the new Muron.
The sacraments of Baptism, and the Ordinations of Priest, Bishop and Catholicos are carried out with Muron. In ancient times the coronation ceremony of Armenian kings also used Muron. For new churches, foundation stones with carved crosses, the exterior dome cross, the Holy Altar, the traditional painting of the Christ child and Virgin Mary, the columns of the church, and icons are also consecrated with Muron. Each year on January 6, on Christmas, the Muron is dripped from a dove shaped vessel into a basin of water symbolizing the River Jordan, in remembrance of the Holy Spirit who descended on Christ during his baptism in the River Jordan.
The blessing of the Holy Muron is a sacred act for every Armenian. It is a uniting force for Armenians spread all over the world and a powerful tie between the past and present of this small nation. Holy Muron constantly reminds the faithful that they as Christians are born from the Holy font of the Armenian Church, carrying on their forehead the symbol of the Holy Spirit: through the seal of the Holy Muron. Over centuries and today, the Armenian nation is led by this exalted thought, and has always lived under the auspices of the blessings of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. For the Armenian bearing a forehead marked by the Holy Muron, it has become a symbol of blessedness and a national symbol, which is reflected in the disposition and mindset of the nation.