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Annointing of the Sick - Revelation & Tradition

By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed, she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ. (Jas 5:14-16, Rom 8:17, Col 1:24, Tim 2:11-12, 1 Pet 4:13, # 1499)

Illness can lead to anguish, self-absorption, sometimes even despair and revolt against God. It can also make a person more mature, helping him discern in his life what is not essential so that he can turn toward that which is. Very often illness provokes a search for God and a return to him. (#1501)

The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has as its purpose the conferral of a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age. (#1527)

The proper time for receiving this holy anointing has certainly arrived when the believer begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age. (#1528) The Holy Spirit gives to some a special charism of healing so as to make manifest the power of the grace of the risen Lord. But even the most intense prayers do not always obtain the healing of all illnesses. Thus St. Paul must learn from the Lord that "my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness," and that the sufferings to be endured can mean that "in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his Body, that is, the Church. (1 Cor 12:9,28,30, 2 Cor 12:9, Col 1:24, #1508)

However, the apostolic Church has its own rite for the sick, attested to by St. James: "Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders [presbyters] of the Church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Tradition has recognized in this rite one of the seven sacraments. (Jas 5:14-15, #1510)

Like all the sacraments, the Anointing of the Sick is a liturgical and communal celebration, whether it takes place in the family home, a hospital or church, for a single sick person or a whole group of sick persons. It is very fitting to celebrate it within the Eucharist, the memorial of the Lord's Passover. If circumstances suggest it, the celebration of the sacrament can be preceded by the sacrament of Penance and followed by the sacrament of the Eucharist. As the sacrament of Christ's Passover, the Eucharist should always be the last sacrament of the earthly journey, the "viaticum" for "passing over" to eternal life. (#1517)

The "Anointing of the Sick" is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived. (#1514) If a sick person who received this anointing recovers his health, he can in the case of another grave illness receive this sacrament again. If during the same illness the person's condition becomes more serious, the sacrament may be repeated. It is fitting to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation. The same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced. (#1515)

The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects:
the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church; the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age; the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of Penance; the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul; the preparation for passing over to eternal life. (#1532)

 
At St. Elizabeth Seton Parish

The sacrament of the Sick is celebrated periodically during the year at a regular Mass.

In case of emergency or in need of a priest call the parish office at  513-575-0119.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Weekend Masses
Saturday 5:00 pm
Sunday 7:30am, 9:00am,10:30am, 12:00pm

Daily Mass

Monday & Thursday:  Mass at Seton, 8:00am

Tuesday & Friday:  Mass at St. Andrew, 7:30am

*Wednesday: 1st, 3rd, 5th Mass at Seton, 9:00am

                       2nd & 4th Mass St.Andrew, 9:00am

Saturday: Mass at Seton, 8:00am

(unless posted otherwise on the  website homepage)

summer months Wed Mass at 7:30 or 8:00

  (see location above)

school year Wed Mass at 9:00am 

   (see location above)


Confessions

Saturday 3:30-4:30pm
(or by appointment)

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