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Anointing with oil is a practice of some Protestant bodies for members who are ill. It is usually done at the member's request or that of a close family member, and is based on a passage found in the Epistle of James in the New Testament (James 5:14_15). The practice is very similar to what is called Anointing of the Sick in Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and some liturgical Protestant churches; the chief difference being that most Protestants do not see it as a church sacrament but rather a practice suggested more than commanded by Scripture. Evangelical Protestants who engage in the practice differ among themselves about whether the person doing the anointing must be an ordained member of the clergy, whether the oil must necessarily be olive oil and have been previously specially consecrated, and upon other small details.

Anointing by oil is also practiced by the clergy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS).

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Anointing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1475 words)
Among the Hebrews, the act of anointing was significant in consecration to a holy or sacred use: hence the anointing of the high priest (Exodus 29:29; Leviticus 4:3) and of the sacred vessels (Exodus 30:26).
According to the New Testament, Jesus of Nazareth is this anointed One, the Moshiach of the Tanakh (John 1:41; Acts 9:22; 17:2, 3; 18:5, 28).
For this reason the catechumens are anointed with holy oil both before and after baptism; the one act (of eastern origin) assists the expulsion of the evil spirits, the other (of western origin), taken in conjunction with imposition of hands, conveys the spirit and retains it in the person of the baptized.
The Church of the Living Word (5123 words)
Moses was given the formula for the anointing oil and the principles regarding its use for the priests and the holy vessels in the Tabernacle.
The holy anointing oil was poured upon the head of the priest, carefully poured down upon his beard and then upon the holy garments of the priest.
The flesh is not to be anointed or exalted.
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