The practice of anointing people with oil is an ancient practice dating back to biblical times. It’s chief functions have been to bring about healing or restoration of health to those that are sick or suffering and it is also used to consecrate or make holy a person or object. It is traditional for the bishop to consecrate annually all three oils (for the sick, for exorcism and the chrism) during Holy Week and in time for the Easter Vigil baptisms.
The Sacrament Anointing is available at St. Barnabas each Sunday morning during the service. If anointing is desired please let the priest know when you approach the altar rail for communion where you will be anointed and then given communion.The Laying on of Hands and prayers are also available in the back of the church by the baptismal font during communion. All are welcome to receive this sacrament.