Thursday: Healing and Empowering

Symbol: Chrism Oil (or olive oil) in a small bowl.
The Collect

Heavenly Father,
you anointed your Son Jesus Christ
with the Holy Spirit and with power
to bring to us the blessings of your kingdom.
Anoint your Church with the same Holy Spirit,
that we who share in his suffering and victory
may bear witness to the gospel of salvation;
through Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

John 4.16-19, 25-26

Jesus said to her, ‘Go, call your husband, and come back.’ The woman answered him, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You are right in saying, “I have no husband”; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, I see that you are a prophet.

The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am he, the one who is speaking to you.’

Holding the oil

Blessed are you Lord God, King of the universe.
You give oil to make our face shine
and as a sign of your boundless generosity.
You anoint us with the oil of gladness;
therefore our hearts rejoice.
Blessed be God for ever.

As you listen to ‘bless the Lord, my soul’, ponder what in you is needing God’s anointing today.

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Then dip a finger into the oil and anoint your forehead or your hands. Take time in silence and respond in prayer as you find appropriate.

Faithful God,
who fulfilled the promises of Easter
by sending us your Holy Spirit
and opening to every race and nation
the way of life eternal:
open our lips by your Spirit,
that every tongue may tell of your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.