Annointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Annointing of the Sick

The Catechism of the Catholic  Church defines the Sacrament of the Anointing of sick as “conferal of a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age. ” (CCC. 1527). God reaches out to man in the sacraments. Through administering this sacrament the  invisible grace and interior sanctification are communicated from Jesus to an individual human soul who is in pain and suffering. Jesus promised, Mt 28:20 “I am with you always, to the close of the age.”  Therefore the Catholic Church has all of the seven sacraments that Christ left us in the deposit of faith.

In the Gospel of Mark (6:12-13) gives us an indication of this sacramnet  of the Anointing of the sick when  Jesus tells us that the  apostles  going forth “preached that men should repent for their sins, cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many sick people, and healed them? The classical example we hear from st. James Epistle: “Is any one among you sick? Let him bring in the priests of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing 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, and if he has committed any sins, they shall be forgiven him.”

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is a Sacrament of healing restore our soul’s health:  forgives our sins, and  prepares the dying for  for his or her eternal life.  Anointing of the sick and dying is generally regarded as a sacrament of the living because it should be received in a state of grace, but in some situations it operates as a sacrament of the dead also.

The sacrament is administered only by a bishop or a priest by anointing the sick person  with the oil on the forehead and the hands. During this anointing the priest says these 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 sins save you and raise you up.

This sacrament give peace, clam and quiets the anxieties of the sick person’s fears. The person is able to embrace the Grace of God and face death courageously. It is the grace that gives the sick person to overcome the temptatioons and strengthens the soul to approach its creator. The Scarament of the Anointing of the Sick can be received as many as times if required.

The Sacrament has also other two parts: such as Viaticum to the Dying and Prayers for the Dying.

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