Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of healing, which helps us to heal and purify. Through it, the Lord is asked for the health of the body, soul and spirit of the Christian who is suffering from a serious illness or advanced old age. Likewise, by receiving this sacrament a well-disposed person and in a state of grace, if it is God’s will, can even bring about the healing the sick person.

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church we learn that “The first grace of this sacrament is one of strengthening, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age.” [1520] This assistance of the Lord, is intended to lead the sick person to the healing of the soul, but also to the healing of the body, if such is God’s will.”

This sacrament can only be administered by the bishop or priest, who will anoint the forehead and palms of the hands with consecrated oil, pronouncing in turn the words: “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. Amen.” (CIC, can. 847, §1).

However, it should not be thought that this sacrament is reserved only for those who are close to death, but it can also be received by those who are conscious and who, of their own free will, deem it necessary to receive it in case of grave illness. Thus, if a member of the faithful is in danger of death, is suffering from a serious illness, is in advanced age or will receive a delicate operation, he or she may request that the sacrament be administered to him or her.

There is no limit to the number of times this sacrament can be received, but it can be received as many times as necessary, provided that the person is in danger of death, is in failing health, or is elderly.

On February 11 after the noon Mass we will offer this sacrament to those who require it.

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