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anoint (someone/oneself) with

To touch someone or oneself with a liquid (such as oil or water). The phrase often retains its religious connotations. They will anoint my baby with chrism during her baptism today. To alleviate the inflammation in my leg, I have to anoint myself with this special cream every day.
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anoint someone with something

to pour or rub oil on a person's head as an honor or blessing; to put a liquid onto oneself. (Mostly in biblical references.) They anointed the king with oil and praised him greatly. He anointed himself with a menthol rub that was meant to help his cold symptoms.
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As in the Gospel of John, the woman anoints Jesus' feet rather than his head.
560), that H had omitted it and the editor of Apostolic Constitutions had included it in altered form, and his appeal to the similar prayers over oil used to anoint the sick in Hippolytus, Apostolic Tradition 5 and Sarap.
We think these are balms and perfumes and if chemical analysis confirms this, they could be similar to those used by Mary Magdalene in the Gospels to anoint the feet of Christ," he added.
That is why the Church maintains that she has no power to validly ordain women any more than she has the power to baptize a child with wine or oil, or validly anoint a person with acrylic paint or holy water.
Thus anointed, the man would be able to anoint others, saving like by like.
The present requirement that only a priest can anoint has also caused concern -- and resentment -- in some quarters, especially in hospitals where deacons, sisters and laypersons serve as chaplains.
Currently only a priest may anoint the sick, but many deacons have expressed a desire to be able to do so, especially those people they have been visiting regularly.
collaborates with a retired priest who drives 40 miles to preside at Mass, celebrate Reconciliation, and anoint the sick and dying of the parish.
So it came as little surprise to Nicotera that Stoneman informed him the Angels will anoint McPherson their new third baseman and pursue a center fielder, starting pitcher and possibly a middle infielder via trade or free agency.
Kelvim Escobar said Angels coaches told him he'll start on three days' rest Tuesday at Texas, but Scioscia is not ready to officially anoint Escobar, because the entire rotation must be prepared to go on short rest if one pitcher does.
Details differ in the four gospel accounts of the Resurrection as to the number of heavenly visitors at the tomb, which women accompany Mary Magdalene to anoint the body, and whether or not the women are believed when they run to tell the news of Christ's Resurrection.
Alan, we would like to anoint you and assure you of God's love.
in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil;
Although Ryan pursues Raina ardently, her head is turned by a more appropriate potential boyfriend, a scholar of medieval literature (David Nett), who anoints Raina as a suitable helpmate for his academic career.