“Is there anyone sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church.”
About Anointing of the Sick
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commend those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them.”
Anointing of the Sick serves to strengthen those who are being tried by illness or advanced age. The sacrament, though long relegated to the moments prior to death, always also sought the recovery of the anointed person, according to God’s will. The Sign is the laying on of hands by a priest or bishop, and anointing with blessed oil, which must come from the olive tree or another plant. The sign was instituted by Christ and is found in all the many cures enacted by Christ in the Gospels. The apostolic recommendation is most clearly found in the Letter of James [James 5: 13-15.]
This sacrament gives one Grace, spiritual wellness, the forgiveness of sins, and the possibility of physical healing. One receives the particular gift of the Holy Spirit while one’s suffering is united to that of Christ. Grace is conferred by the prayer of the Church, offering spiritual strength and courage. This sacrament also prepares one for the final journey … death.
Guidelines for Anointing of the Sick