Anointing of the Sick
If You are Experiencing an Illness, Injury, Impending Surgery or Weakness Due to Age, there is a powerful help available for you here in our Church. Most especially, we want you to be spiritually fortified and experience the peace that God alone can give. So it is natural and wise to turn to God, our Father, and to Jesus, our Savior, with your needs, physical, emotional, and spiritual.
In his epistle, James 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" (Jas. 5:14–15).
The anointing of the sick is a sacrament of the Church in which the priest prays, lays hands, and anoints the sick person with blessed oil. It may be preceded by the sacrament of reconciliation and followed by Eucharist. The sacrament may be repeated if the recipient suffers from a different illness or injury or if the same illness or condition becomes more serious.
Elderly people may be anointed if they have become weakened even though no serious illness is present.
If you would like a Priest to administer this sacrament, please contact the rectory office 215-822-0179.