“Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the priests 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.” James 5:14-15
The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is appropriate any time a believer becomes ill, is in danger of death, is suffering from a decline due to advanced age, or is facing serious surgery. It is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical illness, but also for mental and spiritual illness. For example, one ought to request this Sacrament before undergoing serious surgery or any procedure where there may be some risk either because of advanced age or because of the invasiveness of the procedure. The Sacrament can be repeated, even during the same illness, when the illness is prolonged or when it becomes more serious.
The Anointing of the Sick is celebrated by priests with a laying on of hands and an anointing with blessed oil. The prayer of blessing is as follows: "Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up."
An annual Anointing of the Sick Mass is held at Our Lady of Grace Church each year. To receive anointing at other times or for a medical emergency requiring the presence of a priest please call Father Richard at 412-279-7070, firstname.lastname@example.org.