WHAT IS ANOINTING OIL?

Updated: May 15, 2021


Anointing oil is used for Christian ceremonies of consecration, worship, devotion and dedication to God as well as for healing the sick, for protection and for providing blessing. The anointing oil is smeared onto the body and certain divine objects. The oil comes from the Holy Land and is mentioned in the bible to be created from herbs, spices and plants such as pure myrrh, sweet cinnamon, Kaneh bosem, Cassia and olive oil, all from the rich soil of Israel.

As James 5:13-14 states: "Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven."

The use of holy anointing oil leads back to biblical times and was used for the ordination of the High Priest and the consecration of the articles of the Tabernacle. The biblical anointing oil were sacred. Christianity has continued the use of anointing oil in devotion and for healing purposes all over the world based on the practices that took place in the Holy Land.

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