Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. – James 5:14-15
The most prevalent work of miracle performed by Jesus in His lifetime may well be his healing and purifying of the sick, with His divine grace saving and restoring them even in death. In the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, it is this same grace that not only imparts physical healing to the suffering, but also, and more importantly, bestows the spiritual gifts of comfort, courage, and faith, unites with the passion of Christ, and absolves sin.
This sacrament is an important rite in the preparation for the journey to eternal life, but it is not only administered at the point of death; those who are in danger due to illness or are in old age can similarly be recipients of this spiritual healing. A priest is responsible for the administration of this sacrament.
Oil of the Sick, pure oil which had been blessed by the Archbishop at Chrism Mass on Maundy Thursday, is used for anointing the recipient of the sacrament on the hands and forehead, as the priest says: Through this holy anointing, may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.
Anointing of the Sick is often administered in conjunction with the Sacrament of Reconciliation and, if the recipient is near death, Viaticum (Holy Communion), as spiritual food for the journey to eternal life, may also be administered.
Contact us if you wish to arrange anointing for someone who is ill