Anointing of the Sick

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Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick (formerly known as “Last Rites” or “Extreme Unction”) is the second sacrament of healing. It is given by a priest as a ministry of comfort for a person who is suffering from illness. This sacrament is not reserved only for the dying! Anyone who is suffering from a physical or mental illness may receive it at any point during their illness.

The priest prays over the sick person and anoints them with holy oil. Through the anointing, the sick are reminded that Jesus and the Church (known as the Body of Christ) are also in communion with their suffering. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the anointed shares in the blessings of health, trust in God, and strength against temptation.