Anointing Oils & Balms
Clergy Supplies -Anointing Oils & Balms
In Christian tradition, anointing is an important practice to heal the sick or designate a ceremonial meaning. Anointing and prayer were a common Jewish practice which continued in the early Christian church. The anointing oil is a tangible symbol of the Holy Spirit and of the presence of Christ. This oil may be perfumed with frankincense or myrrh to involve the sense of smell in this rich act of blessing.
Incense has been employed in worship by Christians since antiquity. The smoke of burning incense is interpreted by both the Western Catholic and Eastern Christian churches as a symbol of the prayer of the faithful rising to heaven. Incense may be used in Christian worship at the celebration of the Eucharist and in the Evening Praise and Prayer services.
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