Anointing of the Sick


Anointing of the Sick

“Are any among you suffering? They should pray…Are any among you sick? They should call upon the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James 5:13-14)

Anointing of the Sick

Anointing is a form of religious anointing or “unction” for the benefit of a sick person. It is the use of oils for healing purposes that was a customary practice in many civilizations.

Only ordained priests can administer it, and “any priest may carry the holy oil with him, so that in a case of necessity he can administer the sacrament of anointing of the sick.”

Sacramental Graces

The Catholic Church sees the effects of the sacrament as follows. The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick gives grace for the state into which people enter through sickness. This gift of the Holy Spirit given through the Sacrament renews confidence and faith in God and strengthens against temptations to discouragement, despair and anguish at the thought of death and the struggle of death.

The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects:

  • the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church;
  • the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure, in a Christian manner, the sufferings of illness or old age;
  • the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of penance;
  • the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul;
  • the preparation for passing over to eternal life.”

Sacramental Oil

The duly blessed oil used in the sacrament is, pressed from olives or from other plants. It is blessed by the bishop of the diocese at the Chrism Mass he celebrates on Holy Thursday or on a day close to it. If oil blessed by the bishop is not available, the priest administering the sacrament may bless the oil. The oil may be blessed by the priest following the framework of the celebration. 

To book an anointing contact the parish office at 306-869-2205 or call Father Thuy Nguyen at 306-570-7306.