Anointing of the Sick

“Are any among you sick? They should call for the priests of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven” (James 5:14-15).

In the New Testament Letter of James, we read that the sick should call for the priests of the Church who are to pray over and anoint the sick with oil in the name of the Lord. Never hesitate to call the Parish Office to ask for prayer and the sacrament of the sick prior to surgery or when diagnosed with serious illness. This sacrament is not to be looked upon as the “Last Rites” but rather as a powerful instrument of God’s healing presence.

On February 11—the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes—the Church observes World Day of the Sick and on the Sunday closest to that day we have a communal Anointing of the Sick at the nine-thirty and eleven-fifteen liturgies.