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One of the three holy oils for the administration of the sacraments, prepared and blessed each year by bishops on Holy Thursday. It is used in the ceremonies of baptism, from which its name is derived, the catechumen being the person about to receive the sacrament. It may also be used at various stages in the catechumentate (such as during the course of the program for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults).