The Sacrament: Anointing of the Sick

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Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick is the sacrament by which Christ gives comfort and strength to the soul, and sometimes to the body, of someone who is dangerously ill due to sickness, injury, or old age. If you know someone who wishes to receives this sacrament, please call 510-799-4406 or email parishoffice@stpatrickrodeo.org

Article 5

THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK

1499 "By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. and indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ."

{Catechism of the Catholic Church} (http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P4J.HTM)

IN BRIEF

1526 "Is any among you sick? Let him call for the presbyters of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven" (⇒ Jas 5:14-15).

1527 The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has as its purpose the conferral of a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age.

1528 The proper time for receiving this holy anointing has certainly arrived when the believer begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age.

1529 Each time a Christian falls seriously ill, he may receive the Anointing of the Sick, and also when, after he has received it, the illness worsens.

1530 Only priests (presbyters and bishops) can give the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, using oil blessed by the bishop, or if necessary by the celebrating presbyter himself.

1531 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.

1532 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.

 {Catechism of the Catholic Church} (http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P4P.HTM)