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Anointing of the Sick

Pain & suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus - a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.

- Mother Teresa

Formerly known as "Last Rites" or "Extreme Unction", the Anointing of the Sick is one of the three repeatable Sacraments in the Catholic Church. The proper time for receiving this holy anointing has arrived when the believer begins to be in danger of death becasue of illness or old age. Each time a Christian falls seriously ill, they may receive the Anointing of the Sick, and after they have received it, if the illness worsens.

The belief that the Anointing of the Sick should be received only in the moments before death, is a misconception. The Sacrament is often received:

  1. Before surgery, or a serious medical precedure.
  2. During a long-term or terminal illness.
  3. Experiencing health issues related to old age.

The Anointing of the Sick is a prayer of healing, not only for our physical healing, but also for spiritual health, and for the strength, peace, and courage to bear the burden of illness.

As Catholics, we are asked to see our sufferings as a way of being united with the sufferings of Christ.

The Anointing of the Sick also imparts the forgiveness of sins, and therefore can only be administered by a priest or bishop.

3 MINUTE CATECHISM - EPISODE 45 - WHAT IS ANOINTING OF THE SICK? 3MC - Episode 45 - What is Anointing of the Sick? For all Episodes, Bonus Content and a free smartphone app visit www.3mc.me Published on Dec 11, 2015. 2:24 minutes. Themes: 3 Minute Catechism, Catechism