This Sacrament, although originally reserved for those who were dying, is now taken by those who are seriously ill or those about to undergo an operation. The Sacrament itself has two underlying dimensions – healing and forgiveness. The healing is not only a prayer for the healing of the physical body, but also a prayer for inner healing to help the individual to understand that God is with them should they ever feel alone or scared. The prayer for forgiveness also contributes to the inner healing and ultimately a feeling of peacefulness.
The Sacrament of the Sick, or Anointing, celebrates God’s healing touch and will, shown to us by Jesus Christ in many miracles, or displays, of healing.
Christ’s care for the sick and suffering continues in the Christian community. Miraculous cures are rare, though they do happen.
The Sacrament of Anointing expresses Christ’s compassion and celebrates the touch of Christ in his Body the Church. It’s grace gives us encouragement, and the spiritual gifts of patience and courage.
Who can receive the Sacrament of the Sick?
Any member of the Church who falls sick.
How often can a sick person receive the Sacrament?
Whenever there is a significant deterioration in their condition.
The Sacrament can also be received before an operation, in which case the rite includes a prayer for the surgeons.
How can I get to receive the Sacrament when I am sick?
If you or a loved one is facing an operation or has been rushed into The Princess of Wales hospital then please inform Father Tim McGrath on 01656 733 282 and he will get back to you as quickly as possible.
Taken from The Faith Of The Catholic Church a CTS Publication
194. What does the Scripture say about the Anointing of the Sick?
The Apostle James says, â€œIf one of you is ill, he should send for the Elders of the Church, and they must anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord and pray over him. The prayer of faith will save the sick man and the Lord will raise him up again; and if he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.
197. When should this Sacrament be received?
The Anointing of the Sick is for those faithful who begin to find themselves in some danger of death through sickness or old age, and is by no means only for those at the point of death.