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,
and the prayer of faith will save the sick person,
and the Lord will raise him up.
If he has committed any sins,
he will be forgiven. James 5:14-15
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will be administered after all Masses the first weekend of each month (please check our parish calendar). In this sacrament, we will pray for spiritual healing for a person dealing with serious illness or old age. We will also pray for physical healing. Please join us after the Masses for this beautiful sacrament.
You don’t have to be dying to receive the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick:
- 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.