God willing, HE Archbishop Mark will be coming to London over the weekend 24-25 March (4th Sunday of Lent, St John Climacus) to celebrate the mystery of the Holy Unction with the Clergy of the Diocese on Saturday 24th March. Full details to be announced shortly. The mystery of holy unction provides both physical and spiritual healing with holy oil blessed by the Holy Spirit. Everyone in the parish who is in good standing and who goes to confession before the service, may be anointed with the holy oil for the healing of spiritual and bodily ills. As this is one of the sacraments of the Orthodox Church, it is only administered to Orthodox Christians. The oil carries God’s grace both to renew the body and to cleanse the spirit. The service follows the apostolic tradition mentioned in the New Testament: “…let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven” (James 5:14-15). Holy unction is a mystery of great comfort to the faithful uplifting the soul and grants patience to accept the will of God whatever the outcome may be.
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