Anointing of the Sick

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.

— James 5, 14-15

As Christians, we believe in the power of prayer to help heal the sick and comfort the afflicted. As Catholic Anglicans, we also believe that Our Lord vested a special ministry of healing in the apostles, which has been handed down to the bishops and priests of the Church. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, sometimes called simply ‘Healing’ or ‘Unction’ (or in the case of someone who is dying, ‘Extreme Unction’), involves a member of the Clergy laying hands on the sick person, praying to God with them for their recovery, and is usually followed by the anointing of the sick person with oil blessed for the purpose.   Depending on the circumstances, the priest may also administer other Sacraments at this time, such as Penance and the Eucharist.   Taken together, these three Sacraments constitute what are commonly known to as the “Last Rites” of the Christian Church, though someone does not necessarily have to be dying to receive all three.

Members of the Saint James’ Church clergy are always available to minister to the sick and the dying.  If you or a loved one is in need, please contact the parish office by telephone.  An after-hours contact number is available on the office voicemail if your need arises outside of normal office hours.