RCIA CLASS 17B – ANOINTING OF THE SICK

I. The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is based upon Jesus' special concern for the sick call for the Apostles to carry on His healing presence.

II. On a natural level, there is a special need for strength in the midst of grave illness and a desire for healing for both body and soul.

- A primary effect of Anointing of the Sick is to bring forth such effects, enabling the recipient to become more noble, at peace with God, and a more glorious witness to the Kingdom.


II. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given by a priest to one who is suffering from an illness or age that poses a significant danger of death. See Catechism 1515.

E. The priest then gives the sacrament itself, which consists of two parts.

F. Then all people together pray the Our Father, the perfect prayer taught by Jesus Himself.

G. There is then a closing prayer, which can be taken from several options depending on the circumstances (e.g., old age, grave illness, surgery.)

III. The sacrament confers, above all else, healing and strength of mind and spirit, but also can confer physical healing.

F. As with the other sacraments, in order for the Anointing of the Sick to be effective, it must be received in faith.