Olive oil and Orthodoxy
plenty of references about the sanctity of olive tree
and olive oil in the Old and the New Testament.
In Genesis, for instance, olive oil is characterised as
a symbol of
tranquillity, peace, "divine mercy" and spirituality,
while after the Flood God sent to Noah's Ark a dove
carrying an olive tree leaf, a symbol for God's mercy
and the reconciliation and peace taking place between
the Earth and the Sky.
There are more than 170 Biblical references of the olive
tree in total.
It is only some years ago that in Peloponnese, Crete and
Euboea, people placed at the foundations of the church
near the Altar or the Sanctuary a large hanging-oil
lamp, around which they left notes with the names of
those participating in the ceremony.
Finally, olive oil plays a very important role in three
The Baptism, the Holy Unction and the Friday of the Holy