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Anointing of the Sick

The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness. 


The Sacrament of anointing presents the concern which the Lord himself showed for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the sick. 

It is not only for those who are at the point of death. It is for anyone of the faithful, who are gravely ill or begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age or are about to undergo a serious operation to help a person recover his/her health.  This sacrament can be repeated as often as is necessary.

This sacrament provides the union with God, the grace to prepare for death, so that he may meet God in hope rather than in fear and aid in the salvation of his soul.  If the recipient was not able to receive the Sacrament of Confession, anointing will also provide the forgiveness of sins.

Only priests and bishops can administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.




Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church;

and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  

James 5:14

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