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S Stephens Adamstown

St Stephens Adamstown

Brunker Road

Adamstown

 

Rector

Fr Christopher Bird SSC

 

Phone     02 4957 1895

Mobile      0413 001 109

 

email: frccb@hotmail.com

url: www.sstephens.org,au

 

Rectory
6 Kyle Road
Adamstown NSW  2289

 

Mail

PO Box 17
Adamstown NSW 2289

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Sunday Worship
You are very warmly invited to join us in worship
Sunday 9.00 am Sung Mass
5.30 pm Mass
Weekday Liturgy
Mon-Tue Wed Thu-Fri Sat

7.30 am

 

5.30 pm

 

7.30 am

 

8.00 am

 

Holy Unction

Unction

In the letter of S James we read:

Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. (James 5:14-16)

UnctionThe use of oil is indeed a most ancient practice, and through the Old Testament it often signifies God’s Bless, Kings and Prophets where anoint as a sign of God’s endorsement of their authority, and we know that it was used to soften skin and wounds and used to exclude air from a wound.

It is in the New Testament we find the reference to the use of oil as a sign of God’s healing blessing.

The Archbishop of Canterbury traditionally anoints the English Sovereign as part of the rites of enthronement. The Bishop will often anoint the candidates at confirmation as a sign of God’s Blessing, and an affirmation that we are members of the family of Christ the King.

We also anoint the sick with the Holy Oil of Chrism (blessed by the Bishop at the Chrism Mass) as an outward sign of the prayer of faith and the healing that God desires for us. It is a mistake to think that anointing is only for the dying, though clearly we do use it there as well. Our bodies were not made to last for ever, and in preparation for the final journey the anointing with Holy Oil may be a sure sign of God’s presence with us in this world and the next. In a very real sense death does not mean the absence of healing, but may in fact be the healing in its season.

The anointing of the sick for healing is a sign of faith and a commitment to the life and blessing that God has in store for us.

Think
Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce without morality. Science without humanity. Worship without sacrifice. Politics without principle.
Ghandi - Seven Social Sins
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