The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick within Mass
What is understood today as the sacrament of anointing of the sick is rooted in scripture: James 5:13- 15: Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.
Who can be anointed?
Baptized members of the Christian faithful who have reached the age of reason and who begin to be in danger due to sickness or old age may receive the sacrament of anointing. This includes the elderly who are weakened, even though no notable illness is present, may choose to participate in the ritual. Persons who face surgery due to serious illness. Those who suffer serious mental illness or disturbances may receive the Sacrament of Anointing.
He commanded his disciples to care for the sick, to pray for them, and to lay hands on them. Following Mass on Sunday, February 23, 2020, Fr. Urs will offer this very special Sacrament to those in need.