e all must face an amount of suffering and affliction in this life, but our faith in God’s grace can sustain us. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given with the hope, that if it is God’s will, the person will be physically healed of the illness.
Jesus was actively involved with healing people, and it was essential to his mission to the disciples: “He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two . . . They anointed with oil the many who were sick and cured them.” (Mark 6:7-13)
His words and actions are the foundation of the grace we receive in the Sacrament of Anointing.
When physical healing does not occur, if received with faith, the primary effect of the Sacrament is spiritual healing – a reminder that God desires to give comfort to the suffering.
The sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties and anxieties that accompany serious illness.
When administered during a terminal illness, “The Last Rites” are given. Through Anointing and Confession, the sick person receives spiritual healing, comfort, and forgiveness of sins; and through Viaticum (Latin: provisions for a journey) the last reception of Communion in order to prepare one for entrance into new life in heaven.
The Sacrament of Anointing is given when someone is:
• Struggling with serious or chronic illness
• Preparing for surgery and, when during the course of recovery, the condition worsens
• Coping with emotional illness
• Nearing the end of life
If you or a loved one would like to receive special sacramental prayers and anointing, call the Parish Office at 323-462-6311. Please give the receptionist information such as:
• Name and age of the sick or dying person
• Brief description of the person’s illness or condition
• Location of the person (in a hospital or at home), address and phone number
• Does the person wish to receive Holy Communion?
• Is the person a parishioner?
The information will be passed on to one of the priests on duty who will arrange a convenient time to visit you. Be assured of our prayers during in this time.
If you are infirmed and cannot regularly come to Mass, you can receive Communion at home. Please visit our Ministry to the Sick and Homebound.
A Blessing Prayer for Those Who Are Sick
All praise and glory is yours, Lord our God, for you have called us to serve you in love. Bless N., so that he/she may bear this illness in union with your Son’s obedient suffering. Restore him/her to health, and lead him/her to glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for All About To Die
Lord Jesus Christ, as you stood by the bed of good Saint Joseph and gently led him home to heaven, so shepherd every soul about to die to a paradise of perfect peace. Let the tears we shed upon their passing stand witness to our love for them and the depth of our thanksgiving for the gift of their lives and the grace of a good death. For you are Lord, forever and ever. Amen.
Excerpts from the English translation of Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum © 1982, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved.
…they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person.”