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Olive Oil and Anointment - Episode 1

 

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Olive Oil as a Creation's Treasure

 

Why is Olive Oil like liquid Gold? Olive oil has been known for its healing qualities at least 6000 years. Modern scientists confirm surprising great qualities in Olive Oil: it lowers bad cholesterol, protects red-blood cells and has a preventive effect against skin cancer. People that eat olive oil are thirty percent less likely to suffer a heart attack. This is because olive oil imparts elasticity to the arteries.

 

What does olive oil tastes like? Good olive oil has depth like a fine wine. Its flavor reminds us of green apple and grass, of butter and hay, of green tea and honey. The advantage of olive oil in cooking is that imparts richness with character to food. A pesto with a high quality olive oil becomes brighter. A Fish with olive oil has so much soul that it needs no more than a pinch of salt and some lemon juice. In the South of France, it is used at all meals and brings a lush glory to a dish called ratatouille.

 

How to buy olive oil? When buying olive oil, choose the First Cold Pressed olive oil. This means that it was produced by simply pressing olives. It is the first produced oil out of a batch of olives. Most other oils which do not mention First Cold Pressed, are made through chemical or heating process of the same batch of olives. First Cold Pressed is the highest quality, most expensive and most tasty oil. As always, by buying the higher quality in authentic food, you will use less of it, spend less money eventually and be healthier. Invest in real food that will keep you living well, do not spend as much on junk food, restaurant or unnecessary “stuff”…

Olive Oil and Anointment

 

"And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is he." Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward."
1 Samuel, 16:12-13

 

The Christian use of Olive oil: Holy Chrism:

 

With olive oil the Church makes Holy Chrism. It is a cream made with a lot of olive oil and some pine essence called basalm. Since the time of the primitive Church that Holy Chrism is consecrated on Holy Thursday during the Missa Chrismalis. In the old time, the mixture, was blessed by the pope himself. Now it is blessed by a bishop.

 

Chrism is used in the administration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders, in the consecration of churches, chalices, patens, altars, and altar-stones, and in the solemn blessing of bells and baptismal water. The head of the newly-baptized is anointed with chrism, the forehead of the person confirmed, the head and hands of a bishop at his consecration, and the hands of a priest at his ordination.

 

Olive-oil, being of its own nature rich, diffusive, and abiding, is fitted to represent the copious outpouring of sacramental grace, while balsam, which gives forth most agreeable and fragrant odors, typifies the innate sweetness of Christian virtue. Oil also gives strength and suppleness to the limbs, while balsam preserves from corruption. Thus anointing with chrism aptly signifies that fullness of grace and spiritual strength by which we are enabled to resist the contagion of sin and produce the sweet flowers of virtue. "For we are the good odor of Christ unto God" (2 Corinthians 2:15).


 

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