Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint (him) with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. ( James 5:14-15)
The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of healing. Where once it may have been reserved for individuals who were near death and preparing for passing over to eternal life, hence its former name of Extreme Unction or Last Rites, today it is administered to those who fall seriously ill and are seeking restoration to health through the special grace of this sacrament. ( CCC 1499 – 1532).
The sacrament may be celebrated in the context of a Mass, or on its own, depending on the needs of the individual who is sick. If the individual is not able to come to the church, the sacrament may be celebrated in their home. Whether celebrated in a Mass, or on its own in church or at the person’s home, the individual may be surrounded and supported by other members of the Christian community sharing in the prayer of faith.
Contact Us if you or someone you know needs to receive the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.