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 Post subject: Trying to figure out if this is annointing
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:08 am 
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I went to a weekday latin mass yesterday, at a church I never been to before, Holy Innocents. They had a series of things before the mass: exposition of the blessed sacrament, the angelus and prayers to st anthony and st jude were said by the deacon, and he announced that the relic of st anthony was present,

and then the people lined up (they got up as if it was a usual thing there) and the priest was standing in the middle and blessed their heads and touched something in his hands (a little container maybe). It reminded me of Ash Wednesday, but there was no mark on the people's foreheads. Was this Annointing of the Sick? Or was it something related to the relic? Almost everyone who was there, like 30 people, went up. I didn't go up since I didn't know what it was.

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 Post subject: Re: Trying to figure out if this is annointing
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:16 am 
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It was veneration of the relic, and it's quite permissible.

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 Post subject: Re: Trying to figure out if this is annointing
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:29 am 
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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
It was veneration of the relic, and it's quite permissible.


Hi Father!

So in this form of veneration, the priest touches the relic and then signs the cross on a person's head?

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 Post subject: Re: Trying to figure out if this is annointing
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:43 am 
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I've never seen it done that way, but yes--he's sort of transferring the blessing of the relic via his hand.

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 Post subject: Re: Trying to figure out if this is annointing
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Normally we kiss the relic and the priest wipes it...perhaps he was avoiding the cold germs this way

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