The mystery of holy unction provides both physical and spiritual healing with holy oil blessed by the Holy Spirit and is of great comfort to the faithful. 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”
Based on James 5:14-15
In this photo is depicted the moment of the blessing of the holy oil at Vatopaidi. In middle, Abbot Ephraim surrounded by priest-monks.