Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
“Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.” – James 5: 14-15
“The Anointing of the Sick completes our conformity to the death and Resurrection of Christ, just as Baptism began it. It completes the holy anointings that mark the whole Christian life…This last anointing fortifies the end of our earthly life like a solid rampart for the final struggles before entering the Father’s house.” (CCC 1523)
Receiving Anointing of the Sick: The anointing of the sick is a sacrament of the Church in which the priest prays, lays hands, and anoints the sick person with blessed oil. Whenever possible, it is always best to be anointed here at the parish prior to admission to the hospital for serious treatment or surgery. You may always call our parish offices for the sacrament if the person is at home. Do not wait in cases of extreme and serious illness. The sacrament does not have to be given only near death but may be received when there is serious illness.
For More Information:
St. Matthew Church Office