Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick

“Is there anyone sick among you? He should ask for the presbyters of the Church. They in turn are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. This prayer, uttered in faith, will reclaim the one who is ill, and the Lord will restore him to health.” (James 5:14-16)

With faith in the promise of God’s Word, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish joins the Universal Church in praying for those who are ill. As stated in the section on the Eucharist, the staff of Sts. Peter and Paul will arrange for the Eucharist to be taken to those unable to attend Mass due to sickness or old age. The parish priest is also ready to comfort, through the Sacrament of the Sick, those seriously ill due to sickness or old age.

Through the Sacrament of the Sick, the Church commends the sick to the suffering and glorified Lord, asking that He may lighten their suffering and save them. The Sacrament of the Sick must be preceded by the Sacrament of Penance for those who are in the state of mortal sin and are able to confess. In the sacrament, the priest anoints the person with oil. Through this anointing, we believe that sin is forgiven and the soul of the sick person is relieved and strengthened, arousing a great confidence in the mercy and love of God. Thus sustained, the sick person may more easily bear the trials and labors of sickness and sometimes regain bodily health, if this is expedient for the health of the soul.

The Sacrament of the Sick is not only a sacrament for those who are at the point of death. As soon as any one of the faithful is seriously ill due to sickness or old age, the appropriate time for the reception of the sacrament has arrived.

This sacrament is an action within the Church community. Because it is the Church praying for the sick, the family and friends are encouraged to be present for the anointing of the sick person. A person may receive this sacrament only once during the course of an illness. However, the sacrament may be received again if the person recovers and then again falls ill or if, in the course of the same illness, the danger becomes more serious. The sacrament will be administered by the priest upon request of the sick person or the family. In addition to regular pastoral care of the sick, Sts. Peter and Paul Church sponsors a parish communal celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and the date is announced in advance in the Parish Bulletin.