Q: Someone to be confirmed asked about the Chrism. I replied saying it is Olive Oil and perfume (balsam) that has been blessed (consecrated) by the Bishop. Do you know what kind of Olive Oil and/or perfume? (I did inquire to our diocese – and I thought you might know if the “ingredients” are pretty universal or not) Seems the one asking the question/s has some allergies, etc.
A: The traditional formula is olive oil and chrism, but today it can be made of any oil and any perfume. You’ll have to check with the diocesan liturgy office to find out what oil and what perfume is used. Then you might have to contact the manufacturers to figure out what’s in it. Allergies are not fun.