“Is there anyone sick among you? He should ask for the presbyters of the Church. They in turn are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord. This prayer uttered in faith will reclaim the one who is ill, and the Lord will restore him to health. If he has committed any sins, forgiveness will be his” (James 5:14-15)
Extreme Unction is in the Extraordinary Form, 1962 Missal, and is reserved for moments close to death. The family should be present and reciting the seven penitential psalms.
Continuing Jesus’ healing ministry, the Church brings comfort in times of serious illness, and prior to death, through sacramental anointing. The miracles of Jesus in the New Testament testify to many cures, and much of Jesus’ ministry was spent healing the sick.
Aware of this we should not wait until a person is at the point of death to call a priest.
If someone you love is being placed in hospice, please make arrangements as soon as possible. If you’re ill or undergoing surgery, please consult with one of our Priests.