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Exodus 40:9

Take the anointing oil and anoint
the tabernacle and everything in it;
consecrate it and all its furnishings,
and it will be holy.

Psalm 23:5
You prepare a table before me in the
presence of my enemies. You anoint
my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Matthew 6:17
But when you fast, put oil on your
head and wash your face,

Mark 6:13
They drove out many demons and
anointed many sick people with oil
and healed them.

Hebrews 1:9
You have loved righteousness and
hated wickedness; therefore God,
your God, has set you above your
companions by anointing you
with the oil of joy.”
“Is any among you sick,
let him call for the priests of the church,
Το Μυστήριο του and let them pray over him,
Ιερού Ευχελαίου anointing him with oil in
the name of the Lord;
the sacrament of and the prayer of faith
will save the sick man,
holy unction and the Lord will raise him up;
and if he has committed sins,
he will be forgiven.”
James 5:14-16
Holy Anointing, or Unction, is 1 of the 7 great
Mysteries of the Orthodox Church mentioned
in Holy Scripture (The Bible ) given for the
healing of body and soul as well as for the
forgiveness of our sins.
This service is performed by the priests who
act as vessels of the power of God by an
unbreakable chain of holy tradition all the
way back to Christ and His disciples
to bring healing to the world. We read,

“Jesus went throughout Galilee,
teaching in their synagogues,
proclaiming the good news of the
kingdom, and healing every disease
and sickness among the people.”
(Matthew 4:23) … and….

“Jesus answered them, “It is not the
healthy who need a doctor, but the
sick. I have not come to call the
righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
(Luke 5:31)
7 candles are placed in a bowl of flour with
an oil lamp in the middle. After each pair of 7 BIBLE READINGS
readings, a candle is lit. At the end of the
prayers, the face and hands of Orthodox
Christians are anointed in the shape of the
WITH 7 CANDLES
cross with the purest olive oil blessed by the James 5:10-16; Luke: 10:25-37
coming down of the Hoy Spirit. These prayers Romans 15:1-7; Luke 19:1-10
are offered for our health and our lives in the I Corinthians 12:27-31;13:1-8; Matthew 10:1,5-8
Church, at home, the hospital and every II Corinthians 6:16-18, 7:1; Matthew 8:14-23
year on Great Wednesday of Holy Week
before Pascha. II Corinthians 1:8-11; Matthew 25:1-13
Galatians 5:22-6:2; Matthew 15:21-28
Olive oil has been used since the days of the I Thessalonians 5:14-23; Matthew 9:9-13
Old Testament as a sign of God's presence,
strength, and forgiveness. What God blesses
and makes holy we NEVER throw away, but
we burn items and properly bury the ashes.