SACRAMENT OF THE SICK

The Sacrament of the Sick is also called the Anointing of the Sick. It is one of the two "Healing Sacraments". By Anointing and prayer, the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may save them and heal their illness. From ancient times in the liturgical traditions of both Eastern and Western Churches, the practice of anointing of the sick with blessed oil is well documented. Once, Anointing was conferred on those at the point of death, but the healing nature of the Sacrament is for all.