Anointing oil—also called blessing or consecrating oil—is an act that changes regular olive oil into a spiritual symbol and tool. The ancient practice of anointing with oil goes back to the Old Testament. The oil was poured over the heads of prophets, priests and kings. It also was used for anointing objects, such as the sacred and vessels found in the Tabernacle and Temple.
Why Do We Anoint with Oil?
The main reason we anoint with oil is to consecrate a person, place or thing to God. Anointing with oil also is part of the church’s ministry to the sick.