Our Church offers a wonderful sacrament to all of us: Anointing of the Sick. To better understand this sacrament let’s talk about illness in human life. Illness and suffering have always been among the gravest problems confronted in human life. In illness, we experience powerlessness, limitations, and our mortality. Every illness can give us a glimpse of death.
Illness can lead to anguish, self-absorption, sometimes even despair and revolt against God. It can also make a person more mature, helping him/her discern what is most essential so that he/she can turn toward God. “Is anyone sick?”Let them call for the priests of the Church, and let them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord, and this prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed sins, they will be forgiven.” (James 5.14-15)
The Church has received this charge from the Lord and strives to carry it out by taking care of the sick as well as by accompanying them with her prayer of intercession. The Church believes and confesses that among the seven sacraments, there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness. This is the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.