Anointing of the Sick

In the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, God invites you to commune with him in the light of your final meeting with him.  Through this sacrament, the entire Church asks God to lighten your sufferings, forgive your sins, and bring you to eternal salvation.  CCC 1520

A person does not need to be on the verge of death to receive this sacrament.  The Anointing and the prayers that accompany it have as a purpose the restoration of health.  "Anointing of the Sick helps you to share more fully in the cross of Christ.  By so sharing, you contribute to the spiritual good of the whole Church.  By the fact that you share more fully in the cross of Christ through anointing, you are being prepared for a fuller share in Christ's Resurrection."  CCC 1521


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