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Sacraments of Healing: Anointing of the Sick

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Anointing of the sick, formerly extreme unction, in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, the ritual anointing of the seriously ill and the frail elderly

Catholic Diocese of Maitland

We all know some story from the Gospels where Jesus heals someone who is ill or suffering. As Christians we believe that Jesus is with us in every human experience, including when we are ill, burdened or suffering in any way.  Jesus stands with us, offering us love and peace, strength and healing.  And so the Church has the Sacrament of Anointing the Sick. 


What is Anointing of the Sick?

Ever wonder why Priests are called to the side of sick or dying people? The answer is they are administering the Sacrament of Anointing Of The Sick, sometimes referred to as Extreme Unction.

Catechism of the Catholic Church


St Agatha's Catholic Church

This sacrament is a sign and experience of God’s unconditional forgiveness. We are called to be one people united with Christ and one another.

The Anointing of the Sick is a remarkable sign of God's great love for us. In his merciful efforts to bring us safely to himself in heaven, God seems to have gone to the very limit.

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