Anointing of the Sick

The Anointing of the Sick, by which the Church commends the faithful who are dangerously ill to the suffering and glorified Lord in order that he relieve and save them, is conferred by anointing them with oil and pronouncing the words prescribed in the liturgical books.

It is advisable to call the priest to visit the sick in any serious illness, even though there be no apparent danger of death, as it is the duty of the priest to visit the sick and to administer to them the sacraments they need.

“Is anyone sick among you?  Let him bring in the priests of the church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith shall save the sick man.  And the Lord shall raise him up:  and if he be in sins, they shall be forgiven them.” (James 5:14-15)

(Source:  1983 Code of Canon Law #998, St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism)


The Sacraments of the Sick comfort and strengthen the seriously ill and the elderly. Please, do not wait until there is danger of death.  In case of an emergency, call the rectory at any time.  (718) 987-2670