For Strength, Hope and Healing
The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength in the case of grave illness, prior to serious surgery, during life-saving treatment, the accumulated effects of old age, or at any point when a person begins to be in danger of death.
A priest anoints the sick person with blessed oil on the forehead and hands accompanied by prayer for the healing of soul and body, and the forgiveness of sins. It is most likely one of the last sacraments one will receive.
A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. In more basic terms, it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
At Our Lady of Fatima, there is a special liturgy, annually, for all who wish to be anointed. This is an opportunity to pray with one another as a community for strength and hope.
A sick person or a caregiver can request individual anointing at any time.
If you know of someone who is preparing for surgery, is suffering from a serious illness, or fragile, encourage them to celebrate the Sacrament of Healing.