Anointing the Sick

Anointing the Sick

This is a healing Sacrament in which a priest administers the anointing of the sick as well as the elderly who are suffering from poor health with blessed oil. It can take place at home or in a hospital.
 
When this Sacrament is conferred to those who are terminally ill and dying it is also known as the Final Anointing, and was formerly known as the Last Rites.
 
If the sick person is able to, they may request a Confession, but if they are unable to confess then absolution is given. They will also be given the Eucharist, if they are still able to receive it, this is known as Viaticum.

A priest will say the following when anointing the sick:

"Through this holy anointing may the Lord in His love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 
May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up. Amen."

Through the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, like Jesus, we are assured that God will raise us up, from our pain and suffering and lead us onto eternal life.


If you are suffering from an illness and unable to attend Church or know of anyone who is sick and would like to be Anointed by a priest please contact the presbytery (parish office).