Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is conferred on a person who is gravely ill or who is in danger of death from illness or old age. Each time a Christian falls seriously ill, he or she may receive this sacrament. The sacrament unites the sick person to the passion of Christ. As a sacrament of healing it brings spiritual strength, peace and courage to endure suffering. The Anointing of the Sick assures sick persons that the Church is praying for them and that God never abandons them. Some frequently asked questions:

Does the infirm person have to be near death to receive this sacrament?
No, whenever members of the faithful are gravely ill or feeling the effects of old age, they may request this sacrament.

Will the priest come to the home or the hospital?
The priest will visit the home of a person, usually within the parish boundaries. The priest will also visit parishioners in hospitals or care facilities as requested.

Can a person receive this sacrament more than once?
Yes. if the person is close to death, there are particular prayers for that situation.

How does the priest administer the Anointing?
The essential components of the Sacrament of the  Anointing of the Sick are a silent laying on of hands and an anointing of the forehead and palms of the hands with the blessed Oil of the Sick. Various prayers, readings or litanies usually accompany those two rites. The sick person should, if it is possible, prepare to receive the anointing with a good disposition. Family members and friends may surround the sick person to join in the prayers.

Please contact the parish office at 604-224-4344 for more information.

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