Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Youcat commented through CCC – Question n. 244 - Part II.
(Youcat answer – repeated) The essential ritual by which the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered consists of an anointing of the forehead and hands with holy oil, accompanied by prayers.
A deepening through CCC
(CCC 1519) The celebration of the sacrament includes the following principal elements: the "priests of the Church" (Jas 5:14) - in silence - lay hands on the sick; they pray over them in the faith of the Church (Cf. Jas 5:15) - this is the epiclesis proper to this sacrament; they then anoint them with oil blessed, if possible, by the bishop. These liturgical actions indicate what grace this sacrament confers upon the sick.
Reflecting and meditating
(CCC 1531) The celebration of the Anointing of the Sick consists essentially in the anointing of the forehead and hands of the sick person (in the Roman Rite) or of other parts of the body (in the Eastern rite), the anointing being accompanied by the liturgical prayer of the celebrant asking for the special grace of this sacrament.