Annointing of the Sick

 


Sacraments 101: Anointing of the Sick (who it's for)

There are two times in the Church year when we celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick during the weekend liturgies (October and after Easter).  However, one could contact any priest of the parish for the sacrament at a time of extreme illness or if preparing for surgery.  The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a special way in which the recipient is bound close to Christ (Christ's life, suffering, and resurrection).  The reception of the sacrament is a particular grace of the Holy Spirit, a union with the passion of Christ, a moment of solidarity with the whole praying Church, and a preparation for our final journey.  The sacrament allows, in a very priviledged way, for one to know the compassion of our God in our moments of difficulty, anxiety and especially illness.  The sacrament is not a "magical cure", but more closely unites one to Christ who is our healer and yet even had to endure suffering within this imperfect world.