Disposing of unused oils

05 April 2019

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Your answers:

Oils blessed on Maundy Thursday deteriorate over time. How would readers recommend disposing of unused oils responsibly?

The Holy Oils should be replenished each Holy Week, taking only what is necessary to top up the oil stocks during the course of the year. What is left of the old year’s oils should be soaked into cotton wool and this, together with the contents of the oil stocks, should be burnt in the fire at the Easter Vigil.

(The Revd) Tony Davies
Tonge Moor, Bolton

Your questions:

Is it ethical to pray (personally) for people who have asked you not to?

J. S.

Older readers may recall a series of 1970s USPG posters using monochrome photos with straplines. Can anyone identify the source of one strapline, something like: “God is the restlessness in our never-ending search for authentic answers/solutions”, which was superimposed on a photo of a gathering of working men in rapt attention to an unseen speaker?

P. N.

I have asked priests why Psalm 78 is never sung on a Sunday: no one can tell me why. It is still sung during the week, though. Why is this?

The Hymns Ancient and Modern Office hymns for Monday to Saturday (1924 version): are there any churches that still use them?

A. D.

New studies talk about Generations X and Y (News, 29 March). How are the previous generations designated? Are their feelings and preferences of less interest, even though they are mostly nearer to meeting their Maker?

A. M.

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