Art Display • Confirmation

Samuel Anoints David

Artist Unknown

3rd Century

In this painting, King David is only slightly taller than his compatriots, but significantly smaller than Samuel. God, who is above, chooses us, anoints us through His ministers, to be share in Christ’s kingship. When we receive Chrism (holy oil) in Confirmation, we too, like King David, receive the Holy Spirit. Chrism is composed of two parts: oil which signifies grace of the Holy Spirit, and a fragrant balm, which signifies that we who receive the Chrism, are a pleasant odor to Christ. (Cf. 2 Cor 2:15.)


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