Thursday, June 28, 2012

Anointing of the sick

Even if one should die, this sacrament
usually prepares them and gifts them
with healing peace.
This sacrament is a powerfully healing sacrament meant to be given to the sick during their illness. It is not  necessary to wait for the last hours for it is no longer referred to or thought of as "last rites."

This sacrament shares the sacramental gift of Jesus Christ for the purpose of strengthening, encouraging, and healing a person deep within their spirit. Even if one should die, this sacrament usually prepares them and gifts them with healing peace. Some suggestions to be shared with all your family members:
  • Call a priest at the beginning of a serious illness or hospital stay.
  • Educate the family to understand that this sacrament is for healing.
  • Invite family members to participate in the celebration of this sacrament.
  • Do not wait for the last moments when a priest might not be available.
  • In the last moments, surround the dying with the presence, love and prayer of family.

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