St. Mary's Cathedral - Anointing

The Sacrament of Anointing

The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has as its purpose the conferral of a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age.

PASTORAL VISITS TO THE SICK

Ann Lyng

Phone: 613-542-7612

Email: alyng@cogeco.ca

HOSPITAL MINISTRY

Hospital Chaplain: Friar David Collins

 

If at the hospital, please ask the doctor or nurse to contact the Catholic priest on call.

EMERGENCIES

For emergencies call Fr. Shawn Hughes.

Phone: 613-546-5521 ext. 4

What is the Sacrament of Anointing?

1527 The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has as its purpose the conferral of a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age.

 

1528 The proper time for receiving this holy anointing has certainly arrived when the believer begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age.

 

1529 Each time a Christian falls seriously ill, he may receive the Anointing of the Sick, and also when, after he has received it, the illness worsens.

 

1530 Only priests (presbyters and bishops) can give the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, using oil blessed by the bishop, or if necessary by the celebrating presbyter himself.

 

1531 The celebration of the Anointing of the Sick consists essentially in the anointing of the forehead and hands of the sick person (in the Roman Rite) or of other parts of the body (in the Eastern rite), the anointing being accompanied by the liturgical prayer of the celebrant asking for the special grace of this sacrament.

 

1532 The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects:

 

    • the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church;

 

    • the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age;

 

    • the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of Penance;

 

    • the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul;

 

    • the preparation for passing over to eternal life.