If you, or anyone you know, is very ill, this sacrament is offered for healing, recovery of health and for spiritual strength.
Whilst it is not restricted to those who are dying, it does provide an intimate moment with Christ in peaceful preparation for meeting with Him face to face.
Contact: Fr Ian Byrnes 01323 892427
My dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ.
I would like to continue with my reflections on the Sacraments. The next one that comes to mind is
The Anointing of the Sick.
We see in THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH:
'By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the Suffering and Glorified Lord, that He may raise them up and save them. And indeed, she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and Death of Christ.'
When I was growing up, we all saw this Sacrament as the Sacrament of the dying. We had to get the Priest as quickly as possible before anything happened. It looked more like and a spiritual pitstop before dying. We used to call it the Last Rites.
Now, gladly we can see it differently now. I see not so much as the last Rites, but the forwarding Rites. Often, I have given this Sacrament in a hospital, to later find that the person is back for Mass in a few months. Thank God.
It shows, like all the other Sacraments, the Divine Presence in human form, with such concern and compassion of the Lord for His People.
May we continue to pray for all those who are sick and in need of our prayers, so they may be encouraged to respond to Divine Love of the Crucified and Risen Lord.
Share our care in Him. Your brother in Christ. Ian.