- Who can receive the sacrament? Anyone who is sick. You don’t have to be dying to be anointed. If you have a cold or cancer, depression or diabetes, or any other ailment of the body or mind or soul, you can receive the sacrament.
- But I thought the sacrament was the Last Rite, for those who are dying? Not so!! The Anointing of the Sick is to offer prayers for possible recovery, with the more important intention to give strength to the soul of the sick person. Often, when people are sick, they get discouraged, depressed, angry, annoyed, and afraid. The Church believes that the sacrament offers a special grace to calm the spirit. If physical recovery is God’s will, so be it. If not, then the person needs the grace, strength, and encouragement to bear the illness with dignity.
Prayer for the Trials of Life
Lord Christ, you came into the world as one of us
and suffered as we do. As I go through the trials of life,
help me to realize that you are with me at all times and in all things;
that I have no secrets from you;
and that your loving grace enfolds me for eternity.
In the security of your embrace, I pray. Amen.