Holy Oil.MariaLEvans

Maria shows off one of her ordination gifts: a vial containing holy oil for anointing. It’s a thick paste, generally aromatic; a priest sticks the bottom of her thumb into the container, rubs on a dab, then makes the sign of the cross with her thumb on the forehead of the person being blessed. It is often used for baptism, healing, and the reconciliation of a penitent, especially near the time of death. It’s typically blessed by the bishop during the First Vigil of Easter, then diocesan clergy gather in the see city and receive a year’s supply, just enough to fit into a little case about an inch in diameter. This is a nice one.

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