Asking for Anointing of a sick person

 

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick can give strength, support and spiritual healing to a sick person. You can ask a priest for anoiting with the consecrated oil, a beloved member of your family who is battling disease. 

Who may receive this sacrament?

 

In the Catholic Church, Extreme Unction also know as the Last Rites is the anointing at the time of death. But since the Second Vatican Council, this sacrament is now called the Anointing of the Sick and has been broadened to offer healing and comfort in times of illness that may not lead to immediate death. 

Unlike the traditional understanding of the Last Rites, the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is, ideally, to be administered in a communal celebration. 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that when the sick are anointed they should be "assisted by their pastor and the whole ecclesial community, which is invited to surround the sick in a special way through their prayers and fraternal attention" (1516). 

Spiritual Healing

 

The healing that occurs in this sacrament of anointing is not necessarily physical healing. While we believe that physical healing can occur through the great power of God, the grace that is infused through this special sacrament is the reminder of the eternal presence of God in our human suffering.

When the Bishop bless the oil of anointing at the Chrism mass during the Holy Week, he asks God to "send the power of your Holy Spirit, the Consoler, into this precious oil. Make this oil a remedy for all who are anointed with it; heal them in body, in soul and in spirit, and deliver them from every affliction" (Pastoral Care of the Sick, #123).

"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" (CCC 1531).

 

 

 

 

He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by twoThey anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.                                        (Mark 6:7, 13)
 

 

Asking for Anointing

 

 Please, call the parish office: (650) 871-8944 Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 5:00 PM and leave your name, address and telephone number. One of the priests will call you to establish the day of the visit.

Don't wait until the last minute. It is better if your relative is aware and conscious, so that he or she could be able to do a confession and receive in the same visit, the Holy Communion after the anointing.

 

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