We give you thanks for the oil …

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In the beginning you created oil bearing trees and seed bearing plants, and holy wisdom taught us to craft this holy anointing oil of chrism.

God of holiness, we give you thanks for the chrism with which Aaron and his sons were anointed priests, serving your altar, proclaiming your word, sharing your blessing.

God of community, we give you thanks for the chrism with which Saul, David and Solomon were anointed kings, leading your people and taking responsibility for public good.

God of justice, we give you thanks for the chrism with which the prophets were anointed your servants, bringing the good news to the oppressed and proclaiming liberty to captives.

God of freedom and joy, we give you thanks for the chrism with which Judith was anointed leader of her people, bringing them freedom and joy.

God of liberation, we give you thanks for the chrism with which Esther was anointed queen bringing liberation, prayer and celebration.

God of love and faithfulness, we give you thanks for the chrism with which Ruth was anointed, becoming loyal companion and foremother of David and Jesus.

God of affirmation and vindication, we give you thanks for the chrism with which Susanna was anointed to be faithful and upright, innocent and steadfast.

God of love and courage, we give you thanks for the chrism with which Mary of Bethany anointed Jesus, to express her affection and friendship and prepare his body for burial.

God of love, we give you thanks of the chrism which the women took to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, whom they found to be alive and who commissioned them to proclaim the good news.

Now bless this oil that you have created and fill it with the power of the Holy Spirit. Make this mixture of oil and perfume a sign and source of your blessing for those who are to be born again in the waters of baptism and for those to be ordained in your service. Transform them into the likeness of Christ your Beloved.

We pray in praise of your graciousness, in union with Jesus Christ who is Risen, and through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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