FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How is the Sacrament celebrated?
After prayers are offered and scripture is read, the priest lays his hands on the head of the person being anointed. With Holy Oil, he makes the sign of the cross on the person’s forehead and palms of the hands and prays: “Through this Holy Anointing, May the Lord in his love and mercy, help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. And may the Lord who frees you from sin, save you and raise you up”
How frequently can I receive the Sacrament?
Each time a person falls seriously ill, he or she may receive the Anointing of the Sick, and also if there is a change in health, an upcoming surgery, or periodically (4-6 months) for those struggling with chronic illness.
Where can the Sacrament be celebrated?
At church, at the hospital, in your home, the sacrament may be received by an individual or as part of a group of people being anointed.
Should I also go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
Yes, within a reasonable time before or after being Anointed. (about 1 week). If meeting individually with the priest, the person is encouraged to go to Confession with the priest before being Anointed. For those who are in a state of health where they cannot speak, or if Confession is not available, one of the graces bestowed by the Anointing is the forgiveness of sins.