Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Anointing of the sick

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.
St. Bernard’s priests are available to confer the sacrament of anointing of the sick.

If you or a loved one would like to be anointed with holy oil or receive holy communion, call our church office at (323) 255-6142.

In addition, St. Bernard offers special services throughout the year dedicated to the blessing of the body, such as the blessing of throats on the feast day of St. Blase, or during our monthly healing services sponsored by the Spanish prayer group.

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