WHAT IS ANOINTING OF THE SICK AND DYING?
It is a sacred anointing and prayer of the priest for those who are sick OR dying. In this sacrament, the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them.
Many people think that Anointing of the Sick is “Last Rites” and is only given when a person is dying. They are not the same thing . . .
ANOINTING OF THE SICK IN OUR PARISH
Anointing of the Sick is a Sacrament. It is used to bring graces of the Holy Spirit to anyone who is going through a potentially threatening illness, is elderly, or is about to undergo surgery.
Last Rites is a series of Sacraments. It is used when someone is nearing the end of life, with death potentially near.
This sacrament confers a special grace which unites the sick person more intimately to the Passion of Christ for his good and for the good of all the Church. It gives comfort, peace, courage, and even the forgiveness of sins if the sick person is not able to make a confession. Sometimes, if it is the will of God, this sacrament even brings about the restoration of physical health. In any case, this Anointing prepares the sick person for the journey to the Father’s House.