Anointing of the Sick
    Anointing of the Sick is the sacrament that is received by
those who are ill or suffering. By the sacred anointing and the
prayer of the priest, the whole Church commends those who are
sick to Christ. The sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gifts of
strength, faith, peace, and courage, and his or her suffering is
united with the suffering of Christ for the building up of the Church
( Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], nos. 1520-23).
Anointing with sacred oil is a sign of blessing by the Holy
Spirit of the one who is sick. Oil of the Sick, which receives a
different blessing from the Chrism oil used during Baptism,
Confirmation, and Holy Orders, recalls the community’s sharing of
the Holy Spirit and the sick person’s connection to the entire Body
of Christ and Communion of Saints.
While it is possible that the sacrament could bring physical
healing, Anointing of the Sick is primarily about the healing of hope
and of the spirit. Above all, the sacrament allows the person who
is ill to unite more closely to Christ’s Passion. This gives suffering
a new meaning: a participation in the saving work of Jesus. This is
a powerful witness that is for the good of the whole Church (CCC,
nos. 1521-22).
The sacrament reminds us that each person is made in the
image of God and has dignity that remains unchanged, whatever
the body suffers. The ministry of those who are sick is a powerful
witness to the fact that human dignity is intrinsic and does not
increase or decrease based on a person’s physical state or
abilities. This is why the Church works to protect the life and
dignity of the person at every stage of life—the embryo, the person
suffering from AIDS, the family in poverty, and the person nearing
death—and why she works to secure access to decent health
care for all. (Anointing of the sick - USCCB)
Questions? Click here for a list of Frequently asked questions
  Who can receive the Anointing of the Sick?
How often? Where is it done?
These questions and more are answered in this
edition of “Sacraments 101,” a web video series
geared for those who’d like an introduction or
refresher course on these important, tangible
Catholic experiences of God.
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