Anointing Of The Sick
Holy Anointing is truly a Sacrament of healing in body and soul. In His time walking among us, Jesus not only taught, but He healed and forgave the sins of many. Early on, He sent the Apostles out. “They anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them” (St. Mark 6:7-13). Later, as the Christian community grew, St. James would instruct in his Epistle, “Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the Church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the Name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven” (St. James 5:14-15).
This Sacrament use to be reserved solely for those on their deathbed and hence its traditional name “Extreme Unction” (Last Anointing/Rites). It is no longer only for those in extreme danger of death, but can be received by young or old before surgery to ask the Lord for healing. It may even be appropriate to be anointed for psychological or spiritual healing.
If you or someone you know is struggling physically, psychologically, or spiritually or have an upcoming surgery, please contact us so we can listen, pray over, and, if appropriate, administer the Anointing of the Sick and/or Last Rites (if someone is on their death bed).
If you have any questions, contact us for more details