Anointing of the sick

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Anointing of the sick

  1. 1. ANOINTING OF THE SICK
  2. 2.  Anointing of the sick, known also by other names, is distinguished from other forms of religious anointing or "unction" (an older term with the same meaning) in that it is intended, as its name indicates, for the benefit of a sick person.  The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has its roots in the healing ministry of Jesus.  Anointing of the Sick is one of the seven Sacraments recognized by the Catholic Church, and is associated with not only bodily healing but also forgiveness of sins.
  3. 3. The Sacrament is celebrated this way:  Greeting and Penitential Rite.  Prayer of faith where the people of God represented by the priest, the family, and friends and others pray for those to be anointed.
  4. 4.  Laying on of hands- The priest lays his hand on the sick person while invoking the coming of the Holy Spirit who brings the blessings of God’s healing grace upon the sick person.  Anointing with oil- Anointing signifies the strengthening and healing that comes from the Spirit.
  5. 5. Sacramental beliefs  The Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Coptic[11] and Old Catholic[12] Churches consider this anointing to be a sacrament.
  6. 6. Sacramental graces  The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects:  the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church;  the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure, in a Christian manner, the sufferings of illness or old age;
  7. 7.  the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of penance;  the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul;  the preparation for passing over to eternal life."
  8. 8. Sacramental oil  The duly blessed oil used in the sacrament is, as laid down in the Apostolic Constitution Sacram unctionem infirmorum, pressed from olives or from other plants.  It is blessed by the bishop of the diocese at the Chrism Mass he celebrates on Holy Thursday or on a day close to it.

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