Garvey is also a licensed lay anointer
. In 2006, Trillium hired Garvey to assist patients with cancer and other terminal illnesses and their families.
It was for that reason that the derogatory term, Anointers
[Greek: Khristianoi], was first applied to Saul's infidel followers at Antioch.
Besides reporting popular reactions to the contagion, the memoir chronicles the central drama of Alessandro Manzoni's version of the epidemic in I Promessi sposi: the popular belief that untori, or plague anointers
, were responsible for spreading the disease by means of unguents which they wiped on houses, city walls, and church pews.
And in terms of the Markan narrative, what they do is to act like faithful followers (i.e., disciples), like servants (i.e., ministers), and like unfailing witnesses and anointers
Who anointed the anointers
who edit the magazines chattering to their own class?