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Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

“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…If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.”

Healing was a very important part of Jesus’ ministry and the Church continues that ministry through this sacrament. The Risen Lord provides healing grace to those who receive the sacrament. Most often the Lord strengthens those who participate so that they are better equipped to carry the cross they have been given. Those who receive this sacrament find their faith strengthened and move forward with a deeper awareness that Jesus is walking with them.

Anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death.

Who may receive the Sacrament? Those whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age, those about to undergo surgery because of a serious illness, those who are elderly and weakened by age, even if there is no serious illness, and sick children who are mature enough to be comforted by the sacrament may receive the sacrament. The illness should be of a serious nature but not necessarily life-threatening.

If you or someone you know in need of this healing sacrament, please call the parish office at 248-646-2686.

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