ANNOINTING OF THE SICK
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The Anointing of the Sick is the Sacrament through which Christ is present to us as healer of body, soul, and mind. Our biblical foundation for the Sacrament is James 5: 15. James tells us that we should send for the priest of the church for those who are sick. The priest will pray over them and anoint them with oil. This prayer of faith will save the sick person, he tells us. The Sacrament of the sick is intended for those who are seriously ill rather than at the point of death, or of an age where they might feel the need for strength and peace. If we are wondering whether a person should receive the Sacrament or not, then they probably should. It is better to receive the grace of the Sacrament rather than miss out. The Sacrament brings forgiveness of sins, and healing for this world, or healing and forgiveness for the next if the person dies. We can ask for the Sacrament for ourselves, or for others. The Sacrament is especially appropriate for anybody who is going to have an operation and go under a general anaesthetic regardless of their prognosis or general health.