34. The anointing of the Sick
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  Introduction

   With this sacrament, the Church comes to the aid of its children who are in danger of death because of serious illness or old age. In these difficult and important moments in life, God does not abandon us; on the contrary, he is present to help us with his grace and mercy. The Sacrament of the anointing of the Sick gives the grace that the Christian needs to overcome these difficulties.

    Christians should worry about receiving this sacrament on time, valuing the help it can give to those who need it.

  A. Choose one of the following words and answer: suffering, death, difficulties, traps, old age, youth.

 The Anointing of the sick is an aid received by the person who is danger of  
 The Anointing of the sick provides the grace that the Christian needs to overcome
 
 It is for those who are in serious illness or
 

  Main ideas

1. The Christian facing illness and death

   Whether we want it or not, Death inevitably comes to every man because it is the natural end of the existence. Normally, it is because of serious illness or old age.

    To face with dignity and welfare that time of life, God helps the Christian with the Anointing of the sick. A powerful aid to endure the disease and to go to meet the death strengthened by the special grace of the sacrament. Although some faithful resist and do not want to brave death, the Christian prudence establishes that we must estimate and wish this sacrament as a gift of God's mercy. It would be nice to ask every day for properly receive the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

2. What is the Anointing of the Sick?

   Jesus has a salutary remedy for any need of supernatural life, and in the last moments of life, the devil rides the big battle, needing the soul of special aids. Jesus Christ has linked these aids to the Anointing of the Sick, a sacrament instituted for spiritual and corporal comfort of the seriously ill Christian. Through this sacrament, the Christian joins Jesus to experience the same feelings that he had before the pain and death.

3. Jesus Christ instituted this sacrament

   Although it was promulgated by the apostle James, this sacrament was instituted by Christ which shows the tradition of the Church when he says: "Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him"(James 5,14-15).

  B. Choose one of the options in parentheses and answer: 

 Death comes (................) to each man.

 The Anointing of the sick is a powerful aid to ( .......................... ) the disease with Christ.

 Christian goes to meet ( .................. ) strengthened by the grace of the sacrament.

 Some Christians show some ( ................ ) to receive the Anointing of the sick.

 We must ( ................. ) this sacrament of God's mercy.

 This sacrament ( ..................) the spiritual and corporal relief to the patient.

 It was promulgated by the Apostle ( .................. )  

4. Effects of this sacrament

    The special grace of this sacrament has as effects:

    • The joining together of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for its own good and for the whole Church;

    • The comfort, the peace and the courage to endure sufferings of illness or old age in a Christian way;

    • The forgiveness of sins, if the sick person cannot confess but is repentant with attrition pain;

    • The restoration of health, if appropriate to the spiritual health. So it is not a good idea to administer the sacrament when the patient is already in agony; the logical thing would be that the person is fully lucid. However, if the person have already lost consciousness, has the right that the sacrament is provided

    • Preparation for the passage to eternal life.

    It is important to recall that the Church also helps patients with Viaticum. Good Christians should care that they receive often communion and, if it is a serious disease, as Viaticum, which means "preparation of trip": the trip to eternal life.

5. Method of administering the sacrament

   The administration of this sacrament has various ceremonies. The essence of the celebration is the application of the matter (holy oils) and the form (words pronounced by the minister while anointing the sick). The priest anoints with blessed oil (oil consecrated by the bishop on Holy Thursday, hence the name "holy oils") the forehead and hands of the sick, as he says: "Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit." The answer is: "Amen." He adds: "To free from your sins, it gives salvation and comfort in your illness." The answer: "Amen." In case of necessity, the priest who administers the anointing can bless the oil then.

6. Get ready for the time of death

   God comes to our aid at all times, as Father who loves us and wants us to be happy on earth and then in heaven. When we have studied this sacrament, we should think about the reality of death, recalling the need to always live in the grace of God, to grow in Christian life, to accept the suffering we have in this life and to accept the death with joy, knowing that it is definitely the necessary step to meet God in heaven.


Catechesis Course. Mister Jaime Pujol Balcells and Mister Jesús Sancho Bielsa. EUNSA. Navarra. 1982. With the permission of the authors.


  C. Choose one of the following options in parentheses and answer: 

 The Anointing of the Sick produces the union of the sick person with the ( ................... ) of Christ.

 It gives comfort, peace and courage to ( .................... ) the suffering.

 It produces the forgiveness of ( ................) if the repentance exists.

 It facilitates ( .................. ) if it suits the spiritual health.

 The anointing prepares for the transition to the ( ................ ) .

 The Church also helps ( .................. ) with Viaticum.

 The priest anoints with oils the ( .................) and hands of the sick person and says some prayers.

 We must ( ................ ) about the time of death..

  Catechisms Questions

1. What is the Anointing of the Sick?  it is the sacrament which gives the Christian a special grace to overcome the difficulties of serious illness or old age.

2. What is the opportune time to receive the Anointing of the Sick?  It comes when the faithful begins to be in danger of death because of sickness or old age time.

3. What are the effects of the Anointing of the Sick?  These are: the union of the sick person with the passion of Christ for its own good and for the whole Church; the comfort, the peace and the courage to endure sufferings of illness or old age in a Christian way; the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of Penance; the restoration of corporal health, if appropriate to the spiritual health; the preparation for the passage to eternal life.

4. What obligations do family and people who help the sick have?  They have to ensure that the patient receives the Holy Anointing, if possible before losing consciousness.

  D. Select the button for the correct answer. the possible answers are below: 

 QUESTIONS

 ANSWERS

 What is the Anointing of the Sick?
 
 What is the opportune time to receive the Anointing of the Sick?
 
 What are the effects of the Anointing of the Sick?
 
 What obligations do the family and the people who help the sick person have?
 

 

 POSSIBLE ANSWERS

 A

 It comes when the faithful begins to be in danger of death because of sickness or old age.

 B

 They have to ensure that the patient receives the holy anointing, if possible before losing consciousness.

 C

  The union of the sick person with the passion of Christ for their own good and for the whole church; the comfort, the peace and the courage to endure sufferings of illness or old age in a Christian way; the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of Penance; the restoration of corporal health, if appropriate to the spiritual health; preparation for the passage to eternal life.

 D

 The sacrament gives the Christian the special grace to overcome the difficulties of serious illness or old age.

  Purposes of Christian life

– To offer with joy the pains of life, especially the disease, without fear of death.

– To thank and to estimate the sacrament of the anointing of the Sick, trying to tell the priest when a family member or friend is seriously ill.





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