Thursday, February 12, 2009


Some people have asked me what my WW picture was of and why did I take it.

1. This is a picture if the 3 type of Oil the Catholic Churches use for anointment.

The Catholic Church blesses three types of holy oils for anointing:

  • Oil of the Catechumens
  • Oil of the Infirm
  • Sacred Chrysm
The first two are said to be "blessed", while chyrsm is "Consecrated" .

The Oil of Catechumens is used to anoint the catechumens (adults preparing for reception into the church) just before receiving the Sacrament of Baptism.

Anointing is part of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, and the Oil of the Infirm is used for this. The Sacred Chrysm is used in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders.

2. I took this picture while at my home parish taking other pictures for my mother. My mother is a DRE (Director of Religious Education). She wants to make a booklet for a couple of children she is working with that have Autism who are going to make the Sacrament of First Communion. She is going to take the pictures I took from around the church and make a booklet for them to follow along with the procession of the mass, much like we all do with a missalette. It was really fun to take pictures for this project, and I am still going to help he finish up the booklet with a little photo shop magic.

I really liked the way the Oils looked in the jars on the wall next to the Baptismal font. Here is as picture with a little wider angle.


  1. I love the way they are perched in such a prominent location. :)

  2. wow ... gorgeous church!
    Very sweet of your mom to go the extra mile.

  3. Love the closeup picture from Wednesday and what a great project you and your mom are doing! That is so sweet and such a great idea.

  4. What a wonbderful project! I have thought for a long time how nice it would be to make a children's liturgy book with beautiful pictures for our church!

  5. This sounds like a great project! Beautiful photos!

  6. That does sound like a great project! Can we see other photos of the church? I LOVE looking at, and photographing, churches.

  7. Thanks for the explanation. Beautiful photos!

  8. I love reading about others' religious practices. Thanks for the explanation.