More Information about This Sacrament
God loves the sick. When someone is very sick or very old and could die soon, they need God’s help for that moment. Anointing by a priest helps bring strength, peace and encouragement. Part of this sacrament is forgiving all the sins of the sick person and preparing him or her for their time of death.
The sick, with their pain and suffering, help Jesus to carry the Cross, and at the same time, He helps them during the last moments of their lives.
- To receive God’s healing power: Catholics believe that the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick can bring healing to those who are sick or suffering. It’s like receiving a special kind of medicine that comes from God.
- To feel God’s love and support: When someone is sick or suffering, they can feel very alone and scared. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick can help them to feel God’s love and support, and to know that they are not alone.
- To prepare for the next life: Catholics believe that the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick can also help prepare someone for the next life. It’s like making sure they are ready to meet God and to enter into eternal life with him.
- In the Catholic Church, someone can receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick in a variety of settings, including in a hospital or at home.
- The sacrament is usually administered by a priest, and it can be received at any time when someone is seriously ill, facing surgery, or experiencing the effects of old age.
- It can also be received multiple times throughout a person’s life if they face different health challenges.
"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."