Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is as it sounds; an invocation of the Holy Spirit to bring healing and comfort to those who are ill. One needs not be “on their death bed” to receive this Sacrament. Persons who are seriously ill, children who are ill, persons who are about to undergo surgery, and the elderly or are at weak, frail and at risk of being very ill, but without illness are all examples of persons who may experience the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. If you are unsure this Sacrament is for you or your loved one, simply contact our pastor and he will guide you in this matter.

Only bishops and priests may be ministers of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. A penitential rite followed by the Liturgy of the Word opens the celebration. Scripture awakens the faith of the sick and family members and friends to pray to Christ for the strength of his Holy Spirit. The priest lays his hands on the head of the sick person. He then proceeds to anoint, with the blessed Oil of the Sick, the forehead and hands of the sick person. He accompanies these acts with the words, “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” (CCC, no. 1513).