Jesus gave the apostles and their successors the authority to forgive sins and heal the sick. That is what priests (and bishops) do in the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
How are people healed through the Anointing of the Sick?
The priest has the authority to administer the sacrament but it is God’s decision how He distributes that power. Only those ordained as priests can administer the Anointing of the Sick because it includes spiritual healing, the forgiveness of sins. Thus, deacons cannot perform the sacrament. People can be cured mentally, physically, or spiritually.
Who can be Anointed?
- Those will mental illness: severe depression, schizophrenia,…
- Those will physical ailments: going into surgery, diabetes, a coma patient,…
- Those in danger of dying of old age. The age of 65 or older is a common designation.
When can I be Anointed?
- Contact your pastor to arrange a time.
- The ideal place to do the Anointing of the Sick is at Sunday Mass. It is a beautiful way to include other parishioners and their prayers for your well being.
- One does not have to be near death to be Anointed. But don’t wait until the last hours either. Give your family the consolation knowing that you received the Last Rites.
Is Last Rites different than the Anointing of the Sick?
- No, because it is the same sacrament. However, the prayers are a bit different due to circumstances.
Who cannot be Anointed?
- The healthy
- Those will minor ailments: common cold, flu,… (Read more about St. Blaise)
- Those who do not believe in the sacrament
- Those living in a state of mortal sin