Anointing of the Sick

Christ sent His apostles into the world to spread the good news of the Kingdom of God. Part of this commission was His command that they should heal the sick (Matthew 10: 8). The apostle James later writes to the early Christians: “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5: 14). The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick gives the sick person a special grace which allows him to accept his suffering with courage and peace, united to the Cross of our Savior. If it is God’s will, the sacrament also aims at the restoration of the sick person’s health.


  • The Anointing of the Sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to celebrate this sacrament has certainly already arrived (CCC 1514).

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