Anointing of the Sick | What You Need to Know
Anointing of the Sick is that sacrament which is administered to strengthen Christians who are in danger of death from sickness or old age. The Apostle James refers to this sacrament when he says, “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven” (James 5:14-15).
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- Catholic Answers: Anointing of the Sick
- Anointing of the Sick in the Catechism
- A Scholarly Exposition of the Sacrament
The Rite of Anointing was revised in 1972 to give us the Sacrament as most Catholics know it today. The nature and reasons for these ritual revisions were made clear by Pope Paul VI in his decree On the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.