Anointing of the Sick
Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.
- James 5:13-15
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has long been thought of as the Sacrament reserved only for those who are on their deathbed. While it is true that Extreme Unction or Viaticum does include Anointing of the Sick, the Sacrament itself is actually a Sacrament of Healing intended to provide hope and divine graces during one's illness.
According to the USCCB, in the Church's Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.
The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.
When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God's will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age.
To receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, or to request further information, please contact the Parish office at (901) 465-8685.
If this is an EMERGENCY please contact Fr. Robbie Favazza at (901) 229-0064.
St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church
11710 Highway 64
Somerville, Tennessee 38068
901-465-8685 - Office
901-466-1645 - Fax
Weekend Mass Times
Saturday: 5:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM, 10:30 AM