The Church believes and confesses that among the seven sacraments there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness, the Anointing of the Sick: This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament. It is alluded to indeed by Mark (6:13), but is recommended to the faithful and promulgated by James the apostle and brother of the Lord…
Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders 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 man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven (Jas 5:14-15).
The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given to those who are seriously ill by anointing them on the forehead and hands with duly blessed oil – pressed from olives or from other plants – saying, only once: “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.”
Who receives this Sacrament?
Many people still associate this sacrament exclusively with those who are at the point of death. However, the sacrament is intended to give strength to anyone who is seriously ill or in danger of death from sickness or old age. It is also fitting to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation.
Going into hospital?
If you are going into hospital for a serious operation and would like to receive the Anointing of the Sick beforehand, please contact the priest.
Sick at home?
If you or anyone you know is sick at home and would like a visit please don’t hesitate to get in touch. The priest will be happy to arrange to come and see you and bring Communion if appropriate.