The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick:
Traditionally referred to as a Last Rites, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered both to the dying and to those who are gravely ill. As well as those about to undergo an operation, for the recovery of their health and for spiritual strength.
This Sacrament is conferred upon those who are sick or are weak due to old age or who are in danger of death. Jesus instituted this Sacrament by giving example through the many healings he performed. During the physical healing, Jesus also healed the spirit of the one who was ailing. (Mk 2:5-12, Mk 7: 32-36, Mk 36:9-23). The priest anoints forehead and the hands of the person with the Oil of the Sick and then administers Holy Communion. Communal celebration of this sacrament is held once or twice a year at an announced date. Please contact the office if a home celebration is desired, especially in anticipation of entering a hospital.
The special graces of the Sacrament of the Sick are:
- It unites the sick person to the passion of Christ for his/her own good and the good of the whole Church;
- It gives spiritual strength, peace and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of sickness or old age;
- The forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the Sacrament of Confession;
- The restoration of health and the salvation of his/her soul
- The preparation for the passing over to heaven.