Through the sacrament of anointing, Christ strengthens the faithful who are afflicted by illness, providing them with the strongest means of support. Jesus showed great concern for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the sick and commanded his followers to do the same. The celebration of this sacrament is an opportunity for the deepening of the faith of the community who are able to witness the faith and devotion of those being anointed.
Frenquently Asked Questions about Anoiniting of the Sick
- When is it appropriate for someone to receive the sacrament of anointing?
The sacrament of anointing is the proper sacrament for those Christians whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age.
- May someone other than a priest anoint the sick?
No, only priests may minister the anointing.
- May a person who developmentally disabled be anointed?
Developmentally disabled persons who lack the full use of reason can be anointed if they can be comforted by the sacrament.
- May a person with a serious mental illness be anointed?
The sacrament of anointing can be administered to those who have a serious mental illness and who can be comforted by the sacrament. Such cases should be handled on an individual basis and in consultation with the person's physician.