Anointing of the sick is a sacrament of spiritual and sometimes physical healing in which the sick and dying are blessed with holy oil and prayed over. During his earthly ministry Jesus Christ often healed the sick, but his healings also involved spiritual, emotional, and psychological components. The anointing of the sick seeks to bring healing in whatever way the Lord wills for a particular person. Since the Lord desires above all that everyone be able to spend eternity with Him in heaven, anointing of the sick especially exists to heal spiritual wounds and provide grace to the soul of those in great spiritual need.
Those Need The Anointing
- Those who are admitted in the hospital and you need the sacrament please call a chaplain of that hospital, you can ask assistance from the nurses because most of the big hospitals have chaplains.
- If you at home in cases of sickness, contact leaders of jumuiya and they will call a priest for you.
- We encourage to call a priest during day light for security reasons. After 7.00 pm please wait for the following day. It is a top priority of the priest of St. Anne to be there for parishioners in the time of need.
1526 “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the presbyters of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven” ( Jas 5:14-15).
1527 The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has as its purpose the conferral of a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age.
1528 The proper time for receiving this holy anointing has certainly arrived when the believer begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age.
1529 Each time a Christian falls seriously ill, he may receive the Anointing of the Sick, and also when, after he has received it, the illness worsens.
1530 Only priests (presbyters and bishops) can give the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, using oil blessed by the bishop, or if necessary by the celebrating presbyter himself.
1531 The celebration of the Anointing of the Sick consists essentially in the anointing of the forehead and hands of the sick person (in the Roman Rite) or of other parts of the body (in the Eastern rite), the anointing being accompanied by the liturgical prayer of the celebrant asking for the special grace of this sacrament.
1532 The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects:
- the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church;
- the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age;
- the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of Penance;
- the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul;
- the preparation for passing over to eternal life.