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Fair blessing

12 April 2013

THE cathedral at St Asaph, like so many other cathedrals on Maundy Thursday, was packed with deacons, priests, and bishops who had come to renew their ordination vows. An important part of the service was the blessing of the holy oils, which the clergy would then take back to their parishes, and it is to be hoped that the Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Revd Gregory Cameron, was not the only one making a point of using Fairtrade oil from Palestine.

It was part of a campaign by the Church in Wales to become a Fairtrade Province, believed to be the first in the Anglican Communion. "The holy oils are used in ministry as symbols of God's peace and blessing, and are described in scripture as the 'oil of gladness'," the Bishop said.

"The use of Fairtrade oil this year is an expression of our prayer that all workers will receive fair reward for their labours, and, as a consequence, know the peace, blessing, and joy this brings."

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