Published on March 14, 2014
ANOINTING OF THE SICK THE SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING ROOTED IN THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE OF SICKNESS AND DEATH IS ESSENTIALLY PART OF THE LIFELONG JOURNEY OF CHRISTIAN CONVERSION.
THE CHURCH FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST CARES FOR AND PRAYS FOR THE SICK.
THE SICK, ALSO FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST SERVE AS A REMINDER TO THE CHURCH OF OUR HUMAN MORTALITY AND OUR RADICAL NEED FOR THE REDEMPTION WHICH CHRIST’S PASCHAL MYSTERY BROUGHT US.
RITE OF THE THIS SACRAMENT LITURGY OF THE WORD ACT OF REPENTANCE CONSISTS OF LAYING ON OF HANDS BY A PRIEST THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH ANOINTING WITH THE OIL OF THE SICK
EFFECTS OF THE CELEBRATION PARTICULAR GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THIS GRACE RENEWS TRUST AND FAITH IN GOD AND STRENGTHENS AGAINST THE TEMPTATIONS OF THE EVIL ONE, THE TEMPTATION TO DISCOURGEMENT AND ANGUISH IN THE FACE OF DEATH
UNION WITH THE PASSION OF CHRIST THE SICK PERSON RECEIVES THE STRENGTH AND THE GIFT OF UNITING HIMSELF MORE CLOSELY TO CHRIST’S PASSION: THE SAVIOR’S REDEMPTIVE SUFFEERING
ECCLESIAL GRACE BY CELEBRATING THIS SACRAMENT THE CHURCH INTERCEDES FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SICK PERSON HENCE CONTRIBUTING TO THE SANTIFICATION OF THE CHURCH
A PREPARATION FOR THE FINAL JOURNEY IT IS GIVEN TO THOSE AT THE POINT OF DEPARTING FROM THIS LIFE THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK FORTIFIES THE END OF THE EARTHLY LIFE
WHO CAN RECEIVE THIS SACRAMENT? THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK IS NOT A SACRAMENT FOR THOSE ONLY WHO ARE AT THE POINT OF DEATH. AS SOON AS ANYONE OF THE FAITHFUL BEGINS TO BE IN DANGER OF DEATH THE FITTING TIME TO RECEIVE THIS SACRAMENT HAS CERTAINLY ALREADY ARRIVED
VIATICUM COMMUNION IN THE BODY AND BOOD OF CHRIST RECEIVED AT THE MOMENT OF PASSING OVER TO THE FATHER. HE WHO EATS MY FLESH AND DRINKS MY BLOOD HAS ETERNAL LIFE AND I WILL RAISE HIM UP AT THE LAST DAY.
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