The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

“Are any of you sick? They should call for the elders of the Church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.  The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.”  James 5:14-15

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is intended to strengthen those who are suffering from serious illness.  Some people may recall a time when this sacrament was celebrated only with those who were dying.

In the sacrament of the anointing of the sick we encounter Jesus who heals and consoles us by giving us the Holy Spirit.  We remember that the Risen Lord comes to strengthen us in body, mind and spirit during our time of illness.

Today, the Church invites and encourages us to celebrate the sacrament with children and adults who are suffering from a major illness, are facing surgery, serious medical tests or have suffered a serious accident.  The Church also celebrates the sacrament with those who suffer with a chronic illness or who suffer from a serious mental illness

This like all sacraments is the prayer of the Church and it is appropriate and important for family members and / or members of the parish to be present during the celebration of the Anointing of the Sick.  The sacrament should be celebrated at the beginning of an illness so that the person to be anointed is able to participate.

To arrange for a priest to celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick with a family member please contact the parish office. 905-857-1938

Adapted from Understanding the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, Office of Lay Ministry and Chaplaincy, Archdiocese of Toronto, 2000.