Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick (CCC 1499–1532)

Priests care for us when we are physically ill. They do this through the sacrament known as the anointing of the sick. The Bible instructs us, "Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. . . . Is any one among you sick? He should summon the presbyters [priests] of the Church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven" (Jas. 5:14–15).

Anointing of the sick not only helps us endure illness, but it cleanses our souls and helps us prepare to meet God.

Anointing of the Sick