Our denomination practices certain rites. One of these is the service of anointing.
What is it and why do we practice it?
We practice it because the Holy Spirit through the Bible tells us to.
Please read the following verses to see what the Lord has to say about this.
13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.
14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.
15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.
16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
First of all, this service is not a feel-good service, nor do we claim it is a healing service.
Usually, the person who would like to be anointed asks the Church leadership for the service. The anointing service is usually fairly small, the pastor, a few deacons and whoever the anointee would like to have present.
We usually sing a verse of a song, have a prayer, and ask the anointee how we can pray for them. We anoint them three times by rubbing some anointing oil on the forehead, then have a closing prayer while we lay our hands on that person.
As I said, it is not a healing service per se, but some people have been healed through this service. Probably what more people experience, is after the service they feel empowered to make it through whatever battle they are in and are at peace with whatever the Lord desires.
That was a broad overview of the service, feel free to ask me more about it if you would like.
I feel the closer we are to the Word of God, the closer we are to God.
Be blessed and have a great day.