Diocese of Chichester
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.”