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The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

It is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin and even physical ailment

Christ’s Word of Healing and Peace to the Sick

Our Suffering Lord is close to those who are experiencing physical illness and disease, and He wants to extend His hand of healing to all those in pain. The Anointing of the Sick is one of the sacraments of healing by which “the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them.” (CCC #1499) In the letter of James, we hear him exhort his readers: “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.” (James 5:14) The Church firmly believes that our sick brothers and sisters in Christ retain their full dignity and are entering deeper into imitation of Our Lord’s passion.

Extreme Unction or “Last Rights”

It is helpful to keep in mind that the terms “Extreme Unction” or “Last Rites” tend to imply that the sick person is very close to the hour of death. The Anointing of the Sick, however, need not be reserved for those who are at the point of death. According to the USCCB: “When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God’s will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age.”

Contacting a Priest for Anointing of the Sick

If you or a loved one is very ill or preparing for a serious surgery, contact us that we may come and pray with you and your family.

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