Lexicon Entry: Anointings

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Rituals of anointing originated in most ancient times when rituals were holy because they represented holy things (AC 4581). Anointing was instituted as a ritual because the oil that was used represented the good of love, and the ancients knew that the good of love was the essential reality that gives life to the Church and worship (AC 9954). For example, the heads of pillars were anointed to represent that good should have dominion over truth (AC 3728). However, because the descendants of the Most Ancient Church no longer saw heavenly things within worldly things, they began to anoint pillars in order to make the actual stones holy (AC 4580). This practice continued after the flood with the people of the Ancient Church. However, these people knew what the pillars represented, and used the anointing rituals to enable them to offer internal worship (AC 4580). In the Ancient Church, the things that were anointed were called holy, and were used to represent Divine and heavenly things (AC 9954).

See also:

Antediluvians, Correspondences, The Fall, Flood, Rituals

Passages relating to Anointings and the Ancient Churches:

AC 1241; AC 3727; AC 3728; AC 4580; AC 4581; AC 4966; AC 9954; AE 31; AE 375
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