When we brought home the oils from last night’s Chrism Mass, they were labeled SC, OS and OC. Inquiries from the confused like me have yielded the answer that OC is Oil of the Catechumens and OS is Oil of the Sick. Our liturgy office is the best it’s been for years, but I would think it’s important to grab the right oil when doing the sacraments. Thoughts?
We use Latin in the Latin Church for a reason. Two of them are clarity and unity.
The oils are actually:
SC = Sacrum Chrisma = Sacred Chrism
OC = Oleum Catechumenorum = Oil of the Catechumens
OS = Oleum Sanctum = Holy Oil (for catechumens)
OI = Oleum Infirmorum = Oil of the Infirm/Sick
The modern innovation of OS for “Oil of Sick” instead of OI, is … a really bad idea.
It seems to me a BAD idea to re-label the oils. What if there was a visiting priest or an emergency?
I think that if I were visiting a priest at rectory where that is done and there was a huge accident or disaster, and I grabbed a container labeled “OS”, I would wonder what the heck was in it. Oleum Sanctum? Oleum Infirmorum?
This is … what … parochialism? Tinkeritis? Practicality? Surrender to ignorance?
Do other US dioceses do this?
I am not sure use the wrong oil would affect validity of a sacrament, but rites should be done properly. I think the oils should have a label which is not confusing.