Dio­cese of Chich­ester

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Chich­ester Cathe­dral held a spe­cial ser­vice re­cently where hun­dreds of priests from across Sus­sex gath­ered to re­new their or­di­na­tion vows and to wit­ness the bless­ing of the oils at the church. The event was led by the Bishop of Chich­ester, Dr Martin Warner.

The oils, which are used for bap­tism, min­istry to the sick, and for the anoint­ing of the dy­ing, are blessed by the Bishop and dis­trib­uted to parishes in the Dio­cese for use in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Dr Warner made the point that the holy oils were “the cos­met­ics of ho­li­ness, whereby in the sa­cred drama and duty of wor­ship, bod­ies be­come a living sac­ri­fice of praise and thanks­giv­ing.”

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