The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is for those whose health is complicated by sickness, aging. illness, surgery, birth trauma, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, addictions.
The spiritual gifts are:
- forgiveness of all sin,
- strengthening of faith and hope in God’s presence and healing,
- inner peace and courage in the midst of uncertainty and suffering,
- support of family and community as we pray together.
Touch through the laying on of hands and anointing of the forehand and palms are a sign of the healing presence of the Spirit. Oil of the Infirm is a symbol of spiritual nourishment and inner strengthening,
The words of anointing speak to our hearts: “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.”
This Sacrament is for the living and can be celebrated in homes and health care facilities. It can be repeated as often as a person feels the need for healing and comfort physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally. Anointing in the presence of those who love and care for us says that we are cherished especially in times of sickness and suffering.
Anointing is celebrated each season within Mass and/or individually at home or in a health facility. Call the parish to arrange for an anointing at home.
We no longer call this sacrament the “last anointing.” It is often helpful for a person to be anointed sooner than later – while they are aware of the sacrament so they can feel the presence, comfort and support.