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695. Anointing. the symbolism of anointing with oil also signifies the Holy Spirit,30to the point of becoming a synonym for the Holy Spirit. In Christian initiation, anointing is the sacramental sign of Confirmation, called “chrismation” in the Churches of the East. Its full force can be grasped only in relation to the primary anointing accomplished by the Holy Spirit, that of Jesus. Christ (in Hebrew “messiah”) means the one “anointed” by God’s Spirit. There were several anointed ones of the Lord in the Old Covenant, pre-eminently King David.31But Jesus is God’s Anointed in a unique way: the humanity the Son assumed was entirely anointed by the Holy Spirit. the Holy Spirit established him as “Christ.”32The Virgin Mary conceived Christ by the Holy Spirit who, through the angel, proclaimed him the Christ at his birth, and prompted Simeon to come to the temple to see the Christ of the Lord.33The Spirit filled Christ and the power of the Spirit went out from him in his acts of healing and of saving.34Finally, it was the Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead.35Now, fully established as “Christ” in his humanity victorious over death, Jesus pours out the Holy Spirit abundantly until “the saints” constitute – in their union with the humanity of the Son of God – that perfect man “to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”:36“the whole Christ,” in St. Augustine’s expression.


Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

412. On what is human equality based?

257. Who can receive Baptism?

425. What is the relationship between grace and human freedom?

363. What is freedom?

387. What is hope?

423. What is the grace that justifies?

125. What is the “hell” into which Jesus descended?


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

How can Christ’s return be a comfort in the midst of pain, according to 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18?

The Light of the World: Jesus is the light that illuminates the darkness (John 8:12)

What does the image of the river of life in Ezekiel (Ezekiel 47) represent?

The Holiness of the Priesthood: How does the law of priestly holiness in the book of Numbers teach us about the importance of purity and dedication in the worship of God? (Numbers 18:1-7)

How does Job 38:1-11 reveal God’s sovereignty in the midst of suffering?

Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Lessons from the Meeting of Jacob and Esau (Genesis 33:1-20)

How to deal with conflicts and disagreements between brothers: the example of Joseph’s children (Joshua 17-19)?