In the Anointing of the Sick, the focus is on the possibility of a spiritual and/or a physical healing. The prayers address the sick person as a whole, including all aspects of human life. So, while a physical or psychological ailment may be the most obvious cause of the person’s suffering, other aspects of the person’s health are also taken into consideration. Many times, the spiritual healing is far more dramatic than the physical, and sometimes this takes the form of an increased ability to accept physical illness and the suffering.
Death is a reality of our human life, and we need not try to deny that fact when it becomes obvious or inevitable. In such cases, the Sacrament of Anointing prepares a person for death, including spiritual healing and the forgiveness of sins. If death is imminent, the Eucharist is offered as Viaticum, or food for the journey.
This Sacrament can be celebrated more than once, and if you, or someone you know, is seriously/terminally ill, or about to be admitted to hospital and undergo serious surgery, and would like the consolation of this Sacrament, please contact the Parish Office in good time to ensure the availability of the priest or deacon.