The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick (also known as Extreme Unction) confers grace spiritual and physical strength during illness–especially when one is near death. Illness and suffering can lead to great despair, anxiety, and crisis of faith, or it can draw one nearer to God. This sacrament gives grace and strength during such difficult trials.
Jesus exhibited great compassion for the sick–healing many and even raising people from the dead.
“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” 1
He commissioned His disciples to anoint the sick with oil and heal them:
“And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them.” 2
And the Church was instructed to do the same:
“Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” 3
This sacrament is also appropriate for anyone who is in danger of sudden illness or death, including people of advanced age or or those who are going to have surgery.
Please contact the Parish of St. Ann office to make arrangements for this sacrament, if you or a loved one is in need. (760) 375-2110