Annointing of the Sick

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Jesus Christ is the healer. Jesus saw the hurting people in his midst and responded to them holistically, both to their bodies and spirits. Healing was a principle sign of the coming of God’s kingdom. Jesus’ healing ministry should be seen in the context of his forgiving sin and his proclamation of God’s kingdom and the need for repentance. Jesus charged his disciples to continue his message and mission.

Today, the sacrament is administered not only to the dying but also to those who are sick; it is administered with the laying on of hands, a biblical symbol of Jesus’ touch and the outpouring of the Spirit of strength, love and forgiveness, together with the anointing with blessed oil. People are encouraged to request the sacrament during serious illness or before a serious operation.

. . . the sacrament is administered not only to the dying but also to those who are sick

The celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is offered publicly two or three times a year in the parish church.

The healing is not only a prayer for the healing of the physical body, but also a prayer for inner healing to help the individual to understand that God is with them should they ever feel alone or scared. The prayer for forgiveness also contributes to the inner healing and ultimately a feeling of peacefulness.

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Taken from The Faith Of The Catholic Church a CTS Publication

194. What does the Scripture say about the Anointing of the Sick?

The Apostle James says,”If one of you is ill, he should send for the Elders of the Church, and they must anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord and pray over him. The prayer of faith will save the sick man and the Lord will raise him up again; and if he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.

197. When should this Sacrament be received?

The Anointing of the Sick is for those faithful who begin to find themselves in some danger of death through sickness or old age, and is by no means only for those at the point of death.