Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, based on the admonition of the Apostle James (“Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church,and 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, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.” -- James 5:14-15), is the Sacrament by which sick person is strengthened. It is not a Sacrament only for the dying, but for anyone who is suffering from a serious illness or physical misfortune. Thus, Anointing of the Sick is not to be equated with “Last Rites,” which include Viaticum (the Last Communion), Anointing, and the Apostolic Pardon.
Serious illness is common to all human beings. Anyone who has experienced it knows that it takes a good deal of spiritual strength to deal with such an illness, even if the illness is curable. Any serious illness can, and should, make us think of our own mortality. In order to face such things, we need the strength provided by Jesus Christ and His Cross. God, knowing this, has provided us with a Sacrament by which we receive the strength we need to deal with our infirmities in a Christian way . . . to unite them with the sufferings of Christ. When we see the sick person anointed with oil, through the eyes of faith we see God strengthening that person’s soul, and making his/her illness a part of the Passion of the one who conquers sin and death, Jesus Christ.
To receive the sacrament of anointing:
call the Rectory 402-551-2313
call the Pastor 402 689-8603