Anointing of the Sick

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Jesus was very sensitive to human suffering. Whenever he found someone who suffered, He healed him or her. (Matthew 8:1-18) So good is Jesus!

Jesus’ disciples continued this practice inspired by Jesus’ healing ministry.

Search your Bible and read:

“Now there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where he was; and when he saw Jesus, he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said, ‘Lord. If you wish, you can make me clean. Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, ‘I do will it. Be made clean.’ And the leprosy left him immediately. Then he ordered him no to tell anyone, but ‘Go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.’ The report about him spread all the more, and great crowds assembled to listen to him and to be cured of their ailments.” (Luke 5:12-15)

You may also read:

“Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.” (James 5:13-15)

God does not send us diseases. He wants us to be healthy, so Jesus healed the sick and thus proved us that the Kingdom of God had arrived.
The first disciples followed the example of Jesus and in his name they cured people. The Book of Acts of the Apostles tells us this beautiful story about Peter and John:

You may read this story in your Bible:

“Now Peter an John were going up to the temple area for the three o’clock hour of prayer. And a man crippled from birth was carried and placed at the gate of the temple called ‘the Beautiful Gate’ every day to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple. But Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, ‘Look at us.’ He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them. Peter said, ‘I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.’ Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong. He leaped up, stood, and walked around, and went into the temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God.” (Acts of the Apostles 3:1-8)

The Church prays for the sick, looking for spiritual and physical healing.

The formula of the rite of the anointing of the sick says:

Through this holy anointing,
may the Lord in His love and mercy
help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit.
R/. Amen.

May the Lord who frees you from sin
Save you and raise you up.
R/. Amen.

Relief for the body and the spirit is asked. The grace of God, which is received in the sacrament, makes the sick person spiritually strong.

For your consideration:
Do not wait until the patient is unconscious to call the priest. The priest will bring with the Sacrament, the very life of God to the sick person.

How to proceed?
Call the nearest parish office and ask for a priest. If the patient is in the hospital go to the nursing station and ask for the catholic chaplain or find out the nearest catholic parish responsible to serve that hospital.