INFUSING THE HEALING POWER OF CHRIST
Before, called Extreme Unction, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is now to be given at the beginning of a serious illness. It is meant to infuse the healing power of Christ into the healing process from the very beginning of a serious illness. God is the great Healer. Surely you want to ask God to work in the body, mind and spirit of the sick person. That’s what this sacrament does. It helps us open up to God to want him to preside over the healing process:
- to help your doctors make the right decisions and select the right medications
- to help the sick person be less fearful and more accepting of the possibility of a difficult healing process
- and, most of all, to strengthen the person’s and the family’s faith and hope
The sacrament invites us to unite ourselves with the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ and to realize that if restoration to bodily health is not possible, one is prepared for eternal life.
The Sacrament is for serious illness, however you define that. For those of us who suffer from chronic serious illness such as a heart condition or asthma or even alcoholism or mental illness, you might want to seek the grace of the sacrament of anointing of the sick twice a year or more frequently. It can be repeated in the course of a single illness if one is not getting better. It may also be received even if a serious illness is suspected but before a clear diagnosis is made.
The Anointing of the Sick is offered weekly immediately following the 8:00 am. Sunday Mass, in the Memorial Chapel. You may also contact the Parish Office at 410-427-7500, and arrange for a priest to administer the Sacrament.