Text Box: Anointing of the Sick

Formerly known as Extreme Unction, this sacrament is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.

Text Box:  St. James 5:14-15-
Is any one among you sick? Let him bring in the presbyters [priests] 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 be in sins, they shall be forgiven him.

 St. Mark 6:12-13- 
In his Gospel, St. Mark gives us an indication of this sacrament of the sick when he tells us that the apostles, going forth, "preached that men should repent, and they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many sick people, and healed them."   Referenced from

Illness can lead to anguish, self-absorption, sometimes even despair and revolt against God. It can also make a person more mature, helping him discern in his life what is not essential so that he can turn toward that which is. Very often illness provokes a search for God and a return to Him.


By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.   Excerpted from the Catechism of the Catholic Church as published on

Stained glass window showing an angel ministering to Jesus before his crucifixion.