This Sacrament of the Church is administered using the Oil of the Sick, consecrated by the Bishop. The Oil should be kept by the priest in a suitable metal oil stock, the oil being saturated into a piece of cotton within the stock. The Sac-rament is given by dipping the right thumb in the oil and making the sign of the cross on the fore-head. For anointing at the seats of senses, see later in this section. The Sacrament should not be administered to a person twice during the same illness, unless there is a change in condition for the worse, or a recovery turns to a relapse. Anointing of the Sick should not be administered to the unbaptized, the manifestly impenitent, or the excommunicate. Children who have not reached the age of reason should not be anointed. Instead, they should receive the blessing for sick children given in this section. Those who have never had the use of reason should not be anointed, but those who are failing due to old age may be anointed. The Anointing of the Sick may be given to those who are inconscious or delirious, provided there is no chance of profaning the sacrament. In the event of urgent need, and in particular the threat of imminent death, the simple form of the sacrament may be used:

I ANOINT thee in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; beseeching the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all thy pain and sickness of body being put to flight, the blessing of health may be restored unto thee. Amen.

This Sacrament should follow either the Visitation of the Sick or the Blessing of the Sick as given above. In both cases, the anointing should come AFTER Communion of the Sick, but BEFORE the final blessing.

The priest wears a purple stole. First he says, making the sign of the cross over the sick person three times:

IN the name of the Father , and of the Son , and of the Holy Ghost, may there be extinguished in thee all power of the devil, by the imposition of our hands, and by the invocation of the glorious and holy Mother of God, the Virgin Mary, and of her illustrious spouse Saint Joseph, and of all the holy Angels, Archangels, Patri-archs, Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Con-fessors, Virgins, and all the Saints. Amen.

Then the priest anoints the sick person with his right thumb, saying...

I ANOINT thee in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; beseeching the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all thy pain and sickness of body being put to flight, the blessing of health may be restored unto thee. Amen.

The priest then cleans his fingers, the tissue or bread used for the cleaning being later burned and thrown down the piscina or scattered on bare earth.

Then shall follow this Psalm...

Psalm 12 (13). Usquequo Domine oblivisceris

After the psalm, should the anointing at the seats of the sense be desired, this is done.

At the eyes (which should be closed):

By this holy + unction, and by his most gracious mercy, the Lord pardon thee whatever thou hast done amiss by seeing. Amen.

At the ears:

By this holy + unction, and by his most gracious mercy, the Lord pardon thee whatever thou hast done amiss by hearing. Amen.

Ats the nostrils:

By this holy + unction, and by his most gracious mercy, the Lord pardon thee whatever thou hast done amiss by smell-ing. Amen.

At the lips (which should be closed):

By this holy + unction, and by his most gracious mercy, the Lord pardon thee whatever thou hast done amiss by tasting and speaking. Amen.

At the hands (palms for lay persons and deacons, backs of the hands of priests):

By this holy + unction, and by his most gracious mercy, the Lord pardon thee whatever thou hast done amiss by touch-ing. Amen.

At the feet:

By this holy + unction, and by his most gracious mercy, the Lord pardon thee whatever thou hast done amiss by walk-ing. Amen.

After the anointing at the seats of the senses or after the Psalm, he continues:

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Our Father... the rest inaudibly until:

P: And lead us not into temptation.

All: But deliver us from evil.

P: O Lord, save thy servant

All: Who putteth his (her) trust in thee.

P: Lord, send them aid from thy holy place.

All: And watch over them from Sion.

P: Let them find in thee, O Lord, a forti-fied tower.

All: In the face of the enemy.

P: Let the enemy have no power over them.

All: And the son of iniquity be powerless to harm them.

P: Lord hear my prayer.

All: And let my cry come unto thee.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

O LORD God, who by thy holy Apostle James hast said: is any sick among you? let him call for 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, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins they shall be forgiven him; heal, we beseech thee, O our Redeemer, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, the weak-ness of this sick person, cure his (her) wounds, forgive his (her) sins, and cast out from him (her) all pain of mind and body, mercifully restore unto him (her) soundness both within and without, that made whole by thy gracious aid, he (she) may return again to his (her) daily course of life. Who with the Father and the same Holy Spirit, livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen.

Then shall follow the blessing from either the Visitation of the Sick or the Blessing of the Sick.

 

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