Anointing OilsChristian Anointing Oils from Israel
Anointing oils are used for holy Christian rituals and ceremonies of consecration, worship, devotion and dedication to G-d as well as for healing the sick, for protection and for providing blessing. The anointing oil is smeared onto the body and certain divine objects. The oils come from the Holy Land and are mentioned in the bible to be created from herbs, spices and plants such as pure myrrh, sweet cinnamon, Kaneh bosem, Cassia and olive oil, all derived from the rich soils of Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Nazareth. Shopping Jerusalem offers beautiful fragranced frankincense and myrrh anointing oil, lily of the valley oil, anointing oils in the rose of Sharon scent and spikenard oil, Queen of Esther oil, hyssop anointing oil, cedars of Lebanon oil and cassia oil , to mention a few. Each scent stands for something unique and the different churches hold various special reverences for the holy factors of the oil such as blessing, continuity and healing properties. Shopping Jerusalem also offers anointing oil pendants to keep the oil close to the heart and anointing shofars for special holy ritual ceremonies.
What is anointing oil?
An excerpt from James 5:13-14 states: "Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven."
The use of holy anointing oil leads back to biblical times and was used for the ordination of the High Priest and the consecration of the articles of the Tabernacle. The biblical anointing oils were sacred because it symbolized appointing a holy person or marking a sanctified object as most holy. Anointing oil symbolizes continuity and so the oil continues to be found in rabbinical Judaism, the Armenian Church, the Coptic Church, the Assyrian Church of the East and the Nazrani and Saint Thomas church, just to mention a few. Christianity has continued to use Christian anointing oil in devotional Christian ritual ceremonies and for healing purposes all over the world based on the practices that took place in the Holy Land.