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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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Then afterward
    I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    your old men shall dream dreams,
    and your young men shall see visions.

Joel 2:28

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