Anointing of the Sick
In the love of God His Father, Jesus Christ has come to heal the whole human person, soul and body. He continues to show his faithfulness and compassion and solidarity towards the sick: “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.” (CCC: 1505) As St. James says, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call the presbyters of the Church and let them pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14-15). The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick confers a special grace of the Holy Spirit on Christians who are suffering from serious illness, and not exclusively on the faithful who are at the point of death (CCC: 1514).
Frequently Asked Questions
To learn more about the Anointing of the Sick, these resources may help:
- Video: Pope Francis: “The Beauty of the Anointing of the Sick”
- Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1499-1532
- Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Anointing of the Sick: 313-320
- The Code of Canon Law: 844.
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