Join us for worship on Sunday, April 8, 2018 for a special anointing for healing in worship.
Anointing for healing is a timeless, ancient practice among Christians. We pray that God will bring wholeness to our lives as we celebrate these fifty days of Easter in the joy of our Lord’s resurrection.
Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Come ready to encounter the Lord!
All are welcome!
Multiple early Christian documents discuss the “ordinance” or “several ceremonies…explained in the Apostolical Constitutions” of “chrism”, including documents by Theophilus (d. 181) and Tertullian (d. 220).
The most detailed version of the practice is by Cyril of Jerusalem who details how ointment or oil was “symbolically applied to the forehead, and the other organs of sense” and that the “ears, nostrils, and breast were each to be anointed.” Cyril states that the “ointment is the seal of the covenants” of baptism and God’s promises to the Christian who is anointed. Cyril taught that being “anointed with the Holy anointing oil of God” was the sign of a Christian, and a physical representation of having the Gift of the Holy Spirit, and it retains this meaning today. He says, “Having been counted worthy of this Holy Chrism, ye are called Christians, verifying the name also by your new birth. For before you were deemed worthy of this grace, ye had properly no right to this title, but were advancing on your way towards being Christians.”(On the Mysteries 3.5)