ANOINTING OF THE SICK
“Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith save the sick man…” – James 5:14-15a
Jesus Christ expressed compassion and love for the sick as He taught the disciples about healing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Through the example of His suffering and death, Jesus shows us how to follow Him by taking up our cross each day.
The Lord Himself commanded the Church to “Heal the sick!” (Matthew 10:8). The Church has faithfully obeyed this command by taking care of the sick and by accompanying them with her prayer of intercession. “[The Church] believes in the life-giving presence of Christ, the Physician of souls and bodies”(Catechism of the Catholic Church or CCC, 1509).
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, established by Christ, is given to people who are seriously ill. This Sacrament is not only for those persons who are near death. If someone receives this Sacrament and recovers, they are able to receive the Sacrament again in case of a grave illness in the future.
The effects of this holy Sacrament are:
- the forgiveness of sins
- a particular gift of the Holy Spirit: the first grace is one of strength, peace, and courage
- union with the passion of Christ: consecration and participation in the saving work of Christ
- ecclesial grace: the Church intercedes for the sick person, and grace sanctifies the Church
- a preparation for the final journey: completes our conformity to the death and Resurrection of Christ
If you or a loved one would like to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please call the Parish Offce at 847-437-0403.