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The Use of Oil

Common Worship includes some helpful explanation and teaching about the use of oil at initiation services. It is the practice of both Bishops to anoint with the oil of Chrism, and the oil of baptism may be used instead of water earlier in the rite.

When Chrism is used at confirmation, the candidate is anointed at the words, 'N, God has called you by name and made you his own'.


Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

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