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"Through this holy anointing may the Lord in His love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Amen."
Rite of Anointing of the Sick
To support and strengthen those who are sick, the Church gathers to pray and anoint those who are ailing with the healing oil of the sick. This oil symbolizes the presence of God at a time of great physical and emotional need and assures the recipient of God’s love and healing presence to give strength and hope.
In the letter of James it says:
"Is there is anyone sick among you? Let them call for the priest of the church, and let them pray over them and anoint them with oil. This prayer, made in faith, will heal the sick person, and if they have committed any sins they will be forgiven. Let us commend our sister or brother to the grace and power of Jesus, that the Lord will ease their suffering and grant them peace."
Any baptized Catholic who is seriously ill and has sufficient reason to be comforted by the sacrament may receive it. Children dealing with chronic or serious illness may be anointed if they have sufficient understanding of the sacrament; and elderly persons may be anointed if they are in weak condition although no dangerous illness is present. Those struggling with mental and emotional illness may seek the sacrament. Persons anticipating serious surgery are candidates for the sacrament as well. Those who experience severe chronic and/or debilitating illnesses are also encouraged to receive the sacrament.