Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick

Through the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, the church continues the healing ministry of Jesus. "Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven." (James 5, 14-15)
Since the Second Vatican Council, the sacrament is no longer reserved for the dying but can be administered when a person, young or old, discovers a serious illness or before going to the hospital for surgery, or even someone reaching an advanced age.

The revised rite provides for opportunities for the sacrament to be celebrated individually, in a special group such as a group of residents at a nursing home, or in a larger communal celebration during a special Mass in the parish. Such a Mass takes place each November at Blessed Sacrament in conjunction with the Golden Age Dinner.

The celebration of the sacrament by the priest includes the laying on of hands and the anointing of the forehead and hands with blessed oil. The priest prays, "Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up."

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