In the Early Church, when new Christians were baptized, fragrant oil was often placed upon them to remind them of their new life of joy in Christ Jesus, who Himself rose from His spiced tomb as the Anointed One of God. This oil set them apart as ones who had been chosen by God, sanctified by His Spirit, and called to spread the sweet aroma of Jesus’ love in the world He died to save. In our Easter Vigil service this evening, we, too, will receive the oil of joy and gladness, reminding us that we have been buried with Christ by our Baptism and covered in the fragrance of His resurrection victory. As we await the coming Easter morning, we do so with joyful expectation, knowing that Jesus is the God of new life and new beginnings.