The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a prayer of spiritual healing (and any physical healing that may take place). Through the Sacrament a baptised Catholic receiving the grace and compassion of God is given strength, peace and courage. They are anointed with the oil of Chrism receive forgiveness for their sins and comfort in their suffering knowing that God is with them.
In the past, this Sacrament was usually given to those in danger of dying but additionally today we administer the Sacrament to the seriously ill, injured or elderly as well. Someone who is undergoing an operation may ask to be anointed. This sacrament may be received more than once.
To receive the Sacrament the receiver must be a baptised Catholic. Usually there is a family member or official carer present.
What happens during the Anointing of the Sick?
- The person is anointed with the oil of Chrism
- The person is usually offered the Sacrament of Reconciliation
- The person is often offered Holy Communion
Where does the anointing take place?
Wherever the sick person is – home, hospital, care home, nursing home,
If you or a family member would like receive the Sacrament then please contact Fr Liam by telephone.