Anointing of the Sick
“Through the apostle James, He has commanded us: Are there any who are sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and the Lord will raise them up.” (From the Rite for the Sacrament of Anointing)
- The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is based upon Jesus’ special concern for the sick and His instructions to the Apostles to carry on His healing presence.
- The primary focus of this Sacrament is a healing of spirit and ability to deal with the particular illness in a positive fashion, giving strength to a person to grow in holiness. It is this strengthening of spirit that is most important. When Christ cured the sick, He emphasized this aspect most of all.
- The sick person is consecrated to be more like Christ, who bore our infirmities and healed our wounds.
- If you or someone you know is gravely ill, about to undergo a serious operation, or is in danger of death, the Sacrament of Anointing is a powerful and grace-filled way for Jesus to come to your assistance. You are encouraged to contact a priest at the parish whenever you would like to receive this Sacrament.
For more information about scheduling a priest or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to visit you if you are home bound and unable to come to the church to receive Holy Communion, please contact us.