Anointing of the Sick

Another sacrament of God’s mercy and healing is the Anointing of the Sick.  In this sacrament, a priest anoints a Catholic who is seriously ill with oil which has been blessed for this purpose, and prays on behalf of the community for this person’s healing.

Through the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, the Church continues to offer Jesus’ healing touch to those who are physically afflicted.

He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. So, they went off and preached repentance. They drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

Mark 6:7,12-13

The main effects of the sacrament are spiritual: the strength and peace to endure suffering, as well as healing for the soul, i.e., forgiveness for sins.  It can also be a means of physical healing according to God’s will.  As with the Eucharist, this sacrament is clearly referred to Scripture:

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

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