W 243 Anointing in Worship: A Reflection on Developing Practice (2020)


The use of oil in anointing has rapidly developed in the last few years to include not only anointing those who are sick for healing, but at many stages of the start of new ministry.

But does such use have good historical precedent? Is it rooted in Scripture? And is there a coherent theological understanding behind this practice? In some cases—but not all!

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Author: Revd Charles Read

Charles is Tutor in Liturgy and Systematics at Cranmer Hall, St John's College, Durham. He was a member of General Synod and is now a member of the Durham Diocesan Liturgical Committee. He was previously Team Vicar in Broughton (Manchester Diocese).

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Author: Phillip Tovey

Phillip is Director of Reader Training, Diocese of Oxford and Liturgy Tutor, Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He has experience of working overseas and in parish ministry and has written widely on Christian worship and liturgy.

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