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 Read is director of liturgy for the Eastern Region Ministry Course and the director of Reader training for the Diocese of Norwich. He likes cool 1960s TV programmes and hot chilli. He has just about given up any hope of being an international Christian superstar.

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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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