Anointing of the Sick
The old name for this sacrament was ‘extreme unction’. It was generally administered only at the point of death.
Since the reforms of Vatican11 it is now seen as a sacrament for the sick and is intended for healing.
It offers God’s healing to those with serious physical illness, the elderly and frail, and those in need of inner healing.
The Sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after the anointing but becomes ill once again,or if,
during the same illness, the person’s condition becomes more serious. A person should be anointed before surgery
when a dangerous illness is the reason for the intervention.
(From the Catechism of the Catholic Church)
The celebration of the Anointing of the Sick consists essentially in the anointing of the forehead and hands of the sick person (in the Roman Rite) or of other parts of the body (in the Eastern rite), the anointing being accompanied by the liturgical prayer of the celebrant asking for the special grace of this sacrament.
The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects: