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WHAT IS THE SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK?
During Jesus earthly ministry, the sick came to Him for healing, He sent the disciples to preach the good news, cast out demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them (Mark 6:13). Through the words of St. James, the Church teaches,
“Are there any who are sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord, the prayer of the faith will save the sick persons, and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them” (James 5:14).
In short, The Sacrament of Anointing is an outward sign instituted by Jesus, administered by the Church to confer the inward grace of healing for the spirit and the body in time of illness. Even when there is no sign of physical healing,
“The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects: The uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church; the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age; the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of penance; the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul; the preparation for passing over to eternal life” (CCC 1532).
WHO COULD AND SHOULD RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING?
Any baptized Catholic, reached the age of reason, NOT necessarily in danger of death but whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age may receive this sacrament – that is:
- Any sick person before undergoing a serious surgery.
- Any sick person recovers after being anointed and, at a later time, becomes sick again, even with the same illness.
- Any elderly person when notably weakened even though no serious illness is present.
- NOT ALL, but any sick children may be anointed if they have sufficient use of reason to be strengthened by this sacrament.
Our celebration of the Sacrament of the Sick is the First Wednesday of the month at 11:00AM Mass. A light reception to follow in Ave Maria Hall. Come join us!