The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given to those who are seriously ill by anointing them on the forehead and hands with duly blessed oil – pressed from olives or from other plants – saying, only once: “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.” Only priests (presbyters and bishops) can give the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, using oil blessed by the bishop, or if necessary by the celebrating presbyter himself. Please call the parish office you or someone you know is in need of this sacrament.
Rite of AnointingThe rite of the Anointing of the Sick consists of the priest laying hands on the sick, anointing him or her with blessed oil, which has been blessed by the Bishop, andpraying over them.
Mass starts in the usual fashion with a welcoming and special prayers for those who are to be anointed.
After the readings and homily there is a litany of prayers for those being anointed and their caretakers.
The sick come to the altar where the priest lays his hands on the head of each person.
Theblessed oilis brought to the altar and a prayer is said over the oil.
The priest then makes theSign of the Cross with the blessed oil on the sick person's forehead whilepraying over them, "Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit."Response: "Amen"
Next the priest anoints the palms of the sick person's hands with the Sign of the Cross praying, "May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up." Response: "Amen"
The bread and wine are brought up and the Mass continues as usual.
St. Martha's Parish holds Anointing of the Sick Masses 2 to 3 times throughout the year.
ANOINTING IN A HOME OR THE HOSPITAL
The rite begins with the Sign of the Cross with blessed water which is to remind us of our baptismal promise to die with Christ so that we might rise to new life.
Readings from Scripture are adapted to the condition of the sick person.
The priest lays hands on the sick person, prays over the oil and anoints the forehead and hands of the sick person.
The priest then prays for the sick person and invites those present to recite The Lord's Prayer.
Holy Communion may be received at this time.
The priest blesses the anointed person and all who are present.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK Please be reminded if you have a relative who has been admitted to hospital it is most important to let the admitting clerk know their faith denomination. Without a request or without this information being on record, anointing is often overlooked and the family is left saddened by the omission of this sacrament.
Here at St. Martha's we are blessed to have dedicated pastoral care team. If you or a family member is sick, hospitalized, or shut-in, please know that we are here to help spiritually, with prayers and sacraments. To arrange an appointment with the pastoral care team and/or with the Pastor, please call the parish office @ 403-381-8891
James 5:14-15 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.