The Catholic Church professes and teaches that the anointing of the sick is one of the seven sacraments of the New Testament, that it was instituted by Christ our Lord, ‘intimated in Mark (6,13) and through James, the apostle and brother of the Lord, recommended to the faithful and made known: “Is there any one sick among you? Let them send for the presbyters of the Church and let them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick person and the Lord will raise them up. If they have committed any sins, they will be forgiven,” (Letter of St James 5, 14-14).The celebration of this Sacrament consists in 1) the laying on of hands, 2) the offering of the prayer of faith, 3) the anointing with oil made holy by God’s blessing.
During the anointing, the sick person is anointed on the forehead, along with the prayer of consoling words, Through this Holy anointing, may the Lord in his love and mercy help you through the grace of the Holy Spirit, then the palms of the hands are anointed, with the words, may the Lord who frees you from your sins, save you and raise you up.
Here in Ennis, patients in our hospitals and nursing homes are visited and receive the sacrament of the sick (anointing) every month.