Anointing of the Sick
“At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.” Luke 4:40
Anointing of the sick offers the comfort of God’s grace to those who are ill. The sacrament provides spiritual and sometimes physical healing, according to God’s will, but also allows the sick person to join his or her sufferings to Christ and prepare for death.
The essential rite of this sacrament involves anointing with the oil of the sick and prayer.
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.
If you would like to be anointed or have a loved one who is ill or facing surgery anointed, please contact the parish office on 09 379 0624.