Anointing of the Sick

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The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is one of the seven sacraments of the church has had to undergo an image makeover. before the 2nd Vatican Council, those who received this anointing were always very near death, hence theĀ  name "last rites." Now we stress that this sacrament is to be celebrated as one of healing that encompasses the whole person in mind, body, and spirit.

One does not have to be on one's 'death bed' to celebrate this sacrament, but open to the healing power and prayers of the faith community, praying and anointing in God's name, as directed by the practices of the early church: "Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up." (James 5:13-14)