and through his prayer. accident. and sometimes to the body. through the anointing with blessed oil by the priest.WHAT IS THE SACRAMENT OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK? It is the sacrament which. when we are in danger of death from sickness. gives health and strength to the soul. or old age. .

CHURCH TEACHINGS 1. Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). 1520 The first grace of this sacrament ( Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick) is one of strengthening. peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age. . No.

Hence. is a sacrament not only for those who are at the point of death.µ which may also and more fittingly be called ´Anointing of the Sickµ. SACRED LITURGY. the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived. 73-75 ´Extreme Unction.2. NOS. a continuous rite shall be prepared in which a sick man is anointed after he has made his confession and before he receives Viaticum. . In addition to the separate rites for Anointing of the Sick and for Viaticum. as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age. ( SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM). VATICAN II.

and the prayers which belong to the rite of Anointing are to be revised so as to correspond to the varying conditions of the sick who receive the sacrament. . The number of the anointings is to be adapted to the occasion.

CODE OF CANON LAW. 998 Through this sacrament. the Church commends to the suffering and glorified Lord.through His Son. the faithful. and reminds us of His faithful love even to death. The sacrament is conferred by anointing the sick with oil and pronouncing the words prescribed in the liturgical books. who are dangerously ill so that He may support and save them. consoles us when we are sick. NO. . the Father. Jesus. Through this sacrament.

The Eucharist as Viaticum completes and crowns our Christian life on earth. 1839. comforts. This Sacrament of Anointing is ´healingµ in a special sense:It brings Christ·s compassionate loving healing to bear on those suffering serious sickness (CCC.CFC.CATECHISM FOR FILIPINO CATHOLICS. NOS. and strengthens the dying Catholic in the passage from this life.1499. 1822 The revised ritual·s µ Pastoral Care of the Dyingµ describes how the Church cares for.1436) .

A summary of this theology followsµ 1.The Council of Trent in the sixteenth century. The sacrament is not limited to those who are at the point of death. 2. The sacrament has the following purpose and effects: *strengthens and comforts the sick person during the trials of illness *brings both spiritual and physical healing *wipes away sin . set the theology on which is based the practice of the rite today.

3. . The Anointing of the Sick is truly a sacrament and is to be administered only by a priest.

The sacrament is ordinarily received only once in the same illness. The Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of the living. but it may be administered again if the sick person recovers. a term often interpreted to mean in danger of death.WHO MAY RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT According to St. .then becomes seriouly ill again. James. the Sacrament of The Anointing of the Sick is reserved for those in poor health.

and forgiveness (Jas 5. healing. He may sprinkle the room with holy water as he reminds those present of the words of the Apostle James concerning prayer for the sick and prayer for faith.14-16).THE RITE OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK The following is a brief summary of the rite for anointing a sick person: Greeting. The sick person is entrusted to the Lord. . The priest greets the sick person and offers God·s peace.

He. then. Laying-on of hands. Anointing of the sick person. The laying-on of hands is done in silence. The priest conducts a penitential rite similar to the one used at Mass. Anointing is done on the forehead and the hands as the following prayer is said: . This is followed by a number of petitions for the sick. Penitential rite. reads a brief scripture passage and may or may not give an explanation of its meaning.

may the Lord in His love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. All: Amen. . All: Amen Priest. Priest: Through this holy anointing. The above prayer is the form of this sacrament. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up. The matter is oil that has been properly blessed.

. Conclusion: All who are present recite the Our Father and. if the sick person is able to do so. The rite concludes with a special blessing for health. he or she receives Holy Communion. The Eucharist given to a dying person during the sacrament of the anointing of the sick is called Viaticum. strength. and endurance.

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