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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'.

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it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

Matthew 13:31

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