“Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you by the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who heals you, save you and raise you up.”
– The words of the anointing of the sick
The priest can call to the sick in hospitals, the nursing unit in the town and at home. Many like to receive the sacrament of the sick and are strengthened and affirmed.
What Is the Sacrament of the Sick?
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is exactly what it says. It is a prayerful celebration for someone or for a group of people who are ill and are blessed by the priest with Holy Oil. It is not a sign that someone is dying as it was perceived in olden times. It is not a magical ritual; the person doesn’t automatically get better immediately after an anointing. God’s healing and loving presence are called upon that the sick person might be raised up and restored to health.
Who Can Be Anointed?
Anyone in ‘serious illness’, those who are infirm, in advanced years, or anyone prior to surgery. (It is not only for when a person is in ‘danger of death’.)
Monthly Housebound Calls:
Fr. James visits the Sick, Elderly and Housebound of our Parish on the First Tuesday and Wednesday of every Month. If you yourself, or if you have a parent, grandparent, brother, sister, neighbour or friend who would like a visit, please contact the Parochial House and this will be arranged.