Anointing of the Sick

A Sacrament of Healing

The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick gives strength and healing to anyone struggling with an illness.

Who may receive?

Previously in the Catholic Church, anointing at the time of death was known as Extreme Unction or Last Rites. The Second Vatican Council changed the name to Anointing of the Sick and broadened its meaning to offer healing and comfort at any time of serious illness. When speaking about this sacrament, Pope Paul VI advocated for “a wider availability of the sacrament and to extend it—within reasonable limits—even beyond cases of mortal illness."

Anointing of the Sick should, ideally, be administered in a communal celebration. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that when the sick are anointed they should be "assisted by their pastor and the whole ecclesial community, which is invited to surround the sick in a special way through their prayers and fraternal attention" (1516). "Like all the sacraments the Anointing of the Sick is a liturgical and communal celebration…It is very fitting to celebrate it within the Eucharist" (1517).

Spiritual Healing

The healing that occurs in this sacrament is not necessarily physical. While we believe that physical healing can and does occur through the great power of God, the grace that is infused through this special sacrament is the reminder of the eternal presence of God in our human suffering.

When the bishop or priest blesses the Oil of the Sick used in this sacrament, he asks God to "send the power of your Holy Spirit, the Consoler, into this precious oil. Make this oil a remedy for all who are anointed with it; heal them in body, in soul and in spirit, and deliver them from every affliction" (Pastoral Care of the Sick, #123).

"The celebration of the Anointing of the Sick consists essentially in the anointing of the forehead and hands of the sick person (in the Roman Rite) or of other parts of the body (in the Eastern rite), the anointing being accompanied by the liturgical prayer of the celebrant asking for the special grace of this sacrament" (CCC 1531).

If you, or anyone you know, would like to receive this sacrament, please contact the parish office at (931) 484-2358.

 

He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by twoThey anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them. (Mark 6:7, 13)