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St. John the Evangelist
Anointing of the Sick
One of the distinctive characteristics of Christianity has always been that the elderly, the sick, and the needy are central to it. Mother Teresa, who cared for those who were dying in the gutters of Calcutta, is only one in a long series of Christian women and men who have discovered Christ precisely in those who were marginalized and avoided by others.
Please contact Fr. Christian to be anointed with the Sacrament of the sick.
The Anointing of the Sick imparts consolation, peace, and strength and unites the sick person, in his or her precarious situation and sufferings, with Christ in a profound way. For the Lord experienced our fears and bore our pains in his body. For many people the Anointing of the Sick brings about physical healing. But if God should decide to call someone home to himself, in the Anointing of the Sick a person receives the strength for all the physical and spiritual battles on their final journey. [CCC 1520-1523, 1532]
One can receive the Anointing of the Sick several times in one’s life. Therefore it makes sense for young people to ask for this sacrament also, if, for example, they are about to undergo a serious operation.
The essential ritual by which the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered
consists of an anointing of the forehead and hands with holy oil, accompanied by prayers. [CCC 1517- 1519, 1531]
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