Anointing of the Sick
While all the sacraments are places to encounter Jesus and gain new strength for spiritual growth, this is uniquely true with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick because of the realities of sickness and impending death. Oftentimes, it is only in the dire circumstances of life that we recognize our own powerlessness and call out to God to save us. The Anointing of the Sick solemnizes this experience by granting us assurance that God is with us in our struggles. God asks us to unite our sufferings with Jesus’ passion and death so that we can also share in his resurrection to new life.
During an anointing, the priest will use olive oil to anoint your forehead and say, “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit.” He will then proceed to anoint your hands and say, “May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.”
Is any sick among you?
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: 15And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
While anointing of the sick is often associated with the last rites of the dying, all persons who are in danger of death from illness, old age, or surgery are welcome to the sacrament.
Anointing can be scheduled by calling the Parish Office. If you're calling after hours, please leave a message and we'll try to get a priest out to visit you as soon as possible.
Parish Office phone number: 219-365-5678