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Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of The Sick

When we read the Gospels, it is clear to see that Jesus spent much of his time with those who were sick or unwell, through his life and his love he healed many.  The Sacrament of the Sick is the healing sacrament.  It is available to us when we are seriously ill, advanced in age or when anxiety or worry may overtake us.

We read in the Letter of St James “anyone of you who is ill should send for the elders of the church, and they must anoint the sick person with oil in the name of the Lord and pray over them.  The prayer of faith will save the sick person and the Lord will raise them up again; and if they have committed any sins they will be forgiven” (James 5:14-15)

The Final Blessing

The final blessing which we give following the reception of the anointing of the sick is:

May God the Father bless you.

May God the Son heal you.

May God the Holy Spirit enlighten you.

May God protect you from harm and grant you salvation.

May he shine on your heart and lead you to eternal life.

God is with the sick person now, nothing is more certain than that.

Anointing of the sick Arrangements

In the Parish we celebrate a communal celebration of the Anointing of the Sick each year on The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on the 11th February.  

However should anyone wish to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick please contact Fr John through The Parish Office.