Holy Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

With the Holy Anointing of the Sick and the prayers of the priests, the whole church
commends the sick to the suffering and glorified Lord to alleviate them and save them
(Read CCC 1499). This sacrament is based on what initially was part of Jesus Christ’s call to his disciples: “They drove out many demons and anointed ​ many sick people with oil and healed them.” Mark 6:13 (Read Mark 16:17-18; Matthew 10:8; James 5:14-15; CCC 1506-1507, 1509-1510).


The Old Testament shows sickness as a punishment from God, linked to sin and evil done by that sick person; and a mechanism of conversion for the sick to turn to God and follow his laws and commandments; and the forgiveness from God will heal him (Read Exodus 15:26; CCC 1502).


For the contrary, in the New Testament, the same Jesus Christ shows illness or disability in a person, as something not linked to the sin of that person, or of his (her) parents: “…‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ ‘Neither this man nor
his parents sinned,’ said ​ Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the works of God might be
​displayed in him’.” John 9: 2-3; rather, sickness is linked to the original sin, that brought as a result the suffering, the illnesses, the disabilities from birth, and death (Read CCC 1264; 1426; 1500-1501; 1505).


Jesus Christ teaches us in his life, to have compassion for the sick and for their suffering (Read Matthew 4:24). All the healings performed by Jesus are a marvelous sing that God has visited his people (Read Luke 7:16). Not only Jesus came to heal the sick, also to forgive them their sins (Read ​Mark 2:5-12). Jesus cures the sick, his soul and body, he is the doctor that they need (Read Mark 2:17). The compassion from Jesus is so great the he identifies himself with the sick: “…I was sick and you visited me” (Read Matthew 25:36). “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in the weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12: 9. And his love for the sick continues with this sacrament called the Anointing of the Sick (Read CCC 1503-1513). The grace of this sacrament has as a result: (a) The uniting
of the sick to The Passion of the Christ; (b) The comfort, the peace and the cheering to endure, in a christian way, the sacrifice; (c) The forgiveness of sins if the sick could not get it through the sacrament of penance and ​reconciliation; (d) The establishment of the corporal health, if it is convenient to the spiritual health; and (e) The preparation for the step to eternal life (Read CCC 1532).


For additional information or to schedule the Anointing of a loved one that is Sick, call (954) 421-3246.

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