The Anointing of the Sick is to offer prayers for possible recovery, but the more important intention is to give strength to the soul of the sick person. The Church believes that the sacrament offers a special grace to calm and strengthen the spirit. This can be of great comfort in time of illness.
This sacrament has its origin based on St. James’ Epistle:
“Are there any sick among you? Then let them send for the priests and let the priest pray over them, anointing them with oil.”
Over the years the Anointing of the Sick (sometimes called “Extreme Unction” in older texts) became understood as the “Last Rites” of the Church and people put off this reception of Grace until the very last moments before their earthly death. The Church teaches that the
anointing should be sought by those who are ill for it brings, “strengthening, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with the conditions of serious illness or the frailty of old age”.
This assistance from the Lord by the power of his Spirit is meant to lead the sick person to healing of the soul, but also of the body if such is God’s will” (CCC 1520). Furthermore, the sins of the sick are forgiven through the Sacrament of the Sick.
You may ask to receive the sacrament any time that you are to undergo surgery under general anaesthetic, and when you have a serious injury or illness. It is also common to anoint those who are elderly to give them strength. You may receive this sacrament than once.
Contact the parish office: 01707 654359 or Email or speak to the parish priest Fr Tim, about receiving the sacrament.