Anointing of the Sick
In the Church's Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.
The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.
When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God's will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age.
In the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, the priest anoints the person(s) with the oil of the sick. The oil of the sick is a special oil blessed by the bishop at the Chrism Mass during Holy Week. A priest can offer the anointing in a hospital, nursing home, or house. In addition to anointing, the person is often offered Reconciliation and Holy Communion.
At St. Thomas, we also have an annual Healing Mass on the World Day of the Sick, where all are invited to receive the Anointing of the Sick during Mass.
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