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A General Service of Anointing with Oil - 14/04/2019

In the Orthodox tradition it is customary to have a General Service of Anointing with Oil during Great Lent.  In this service there are seven readings from the Apostol, seven readings from the Holy Gospel, seven prayers, and the faithful are - if there are sufficient clergy present - anointed seven times with the oil that is blessed and sanctified during the service for the healing of soul and body.  The practice of anointing with oil for spiritual and physical healing is referred to by the Apostle James: "Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.  And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven" (James 5:14-15).  This year our parish will have this service at 6.00pm on Tuesday 16 April.  God willing, we will have with us Father Dalibor Pavlovic of the Serbian Orthodox church of Saint Naum of Ohrid.  Church Slavonic, English and Serbian will be used during the service.  Note: This is a sacrament in which only baptised Orthodox Christians may participate.

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