Anointing of the Sick

The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick gives grace for the state into which people enter through sickness. This grace is a gift of the Holy Spirit, who renews trust and faith in God and strengthens against temptations to discouragement, despair and anguish. It can be administered to someone at home, in a hospital or institution, or in church.

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.

“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 sins, he will be forgiven.”

James 5:14-15