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LO: To show an understanding of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, giving reasons for the actions, words and signs used.

Illness and suffering are not easy to cope with. They make a person feel powerless and realise their limitations. When a person is very sick, they are not able to do what they normally do. They may not be able to work or to enjoy life as they used to. Often it is an occasion when people have time to reflect on what is important to them in life. It is often a time when people think about God and pray more. Christians remember the suffering of Jesus.
When Jesus sent out his disciples to preach the Good News they; anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
Mark 6: 13

Think about how the Good Samaritan anointed the wounds of the man who had been mugged and used oil to clean and heal them. The person who is very ill welcomes the prayers and kindness of those who visit them.

The anointing with oil is a symbol of healing and is used in the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament for anyone who is seriously ill. It is a sacrament that is commonly given a number of times during an illness, sometimes because the person becomes more ill, or because the sick person would benefit from the strength and comfort the Sacrament gives them. The Sacrament of Anointing ‘is meant to lead the person to healing of the soul but also of the body if such is God’s will’. Through the Sacrament the Holy Spirit helps to calm the worry, anxiety and discouragement the sick person may experience.

Design a guide for a non-Christian, which would help them understand the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Use some of the Scripture readings to help explain the sacrament as well as the feelings and experiences and beliefs linked to it. 

  • What is a sacrament?
  • What is the purpose of the Sacrament of the ?Anointing of the sick?
  • What scripture links to this sacrament?
  • How does it links to Christian beliefs?
  • What are the reasons for the actions, words and signs used during the Sacrament?