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.
Anointing of the Sick is the sacrament in which Jesus, through the anointing and prayers of the priest, gives health and strength to the person who is now seriously ill, awaiting a serious surgery, or preparing for death.
Jesus often cured people when He was on earth and instructed the Apostles to do the same. “Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two, giving them authority over unclean spirits. With that they went off, preaching the need of repentance. They expelled many demons, anointed the sick with oil, and worked many cures.” (Mark 6:7,12)
In the Letter of St. James, we find, “Is there anyone sick among you? He should ask for the priests of the Church. They in turn are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord. This prayer uttered in faith will reclaim the one who is ill, and the Lord will restore him to health. If he has committed any sins, forgiveness will be his. Hence, declare your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may find healing.” (James 5:14-16)
Through the sacrament of the sick, Jesus
1. Increases the divine life of grace in the ill person
2. Sometimes restores health to the person
3. Gives the actual graces needed to accept the illness
4. Forgives sin and removes the temporal punishment due to sin. When confession is impossible, even mortal sin is forgiven through this sacrament.
If you or someone you know requires the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick or Last Rites, please contact the Parish Office at 703-433-6770.