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Unction of the Sick

Holy oil is offered with the laying on of hands as a sign and promise of God's healing power. Unfortunately, the idea of Extreme Unction or Last Rites has pervaded popular culture to the extent that people are sometimes afraid to ask for the ministry of anointing with oil for healing. Holy oil and prayer for healing are routinely offered just before an operation or a hospital visit, or at any point in a person's sickness or recovery. As a sign that God desires us to be whole, all healing is offered in the spirit of the following words, which are often used when anointing the sick:

As you are outwardly anointed with this oil, so may our heavenly Father grant you the inward anointing of the Holy Spirit. Of his great mercy, may he forgive you your sins, release you from suffering, and restore you to wholeness and strength. May he deliver you from all evil, preserve you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

If you would like to request a healing minister or a priest to visit, please contact the parish office.

Last Published: April 24, 2012 5:05 PM
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