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a mixture of olive oil and balsam used for sacramental anointing in the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches
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The congregation from all four churches in the parish met outside for prayers around a small fire, lit and supervised by Peter Pearson and on which last years holy oils were burnt.
34) See Christine Hall, "The Use of the Holy Oils in the Orthodox Churches of the Byzantine Tradition," in Martin Dudley and Geoffrey Rowell, eds.
At the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated a Holy Thursday Mass that included the traditional blessing of holy oils - some of which the church will send to the earthquake zone as a sign of closeness to the stricken population.
It is the first time she has seen it written and she doesn't recall hearing it before, and being neither a sage nor an ignoramus, she knows that "oli" has a connection with oil, with the holy oils, moreover, which is to say, oil.
The Admiral said that turning the Indians into Christians was against the faith, and that our men were giving the chrism and holy oils to infidels who only converted to Christianity because they were also given clothes.
The 15-minute TV clip showed a lacklustre, depressed priest talking to various people in bars and restaurants, celebrating the Eucharist privately in his apartment, administering Holy Oils to an HIV/AIDS patient, and giving his views on what he sees as his "apostolate.