Annointing of the Sick

As with all sacraments, Anointing of the Sick confers sanctifying grace. The primary purpose of the special grace of Anointing of the Sick is to comfort and strengthen the soul of the sick person. It quiets anxiety and dissipates fear. It enables the sick person to embrace God’s will and to face the possibility of death without apprehension. It is the grace which gives the soul strength to face and conquer whatever temptations to doubt, despondancy, or even despair which may plague a person as they face death.

Oil of the Sick is one of the three holy oils blessed by the Bishop. It is pure olive oil with nothing added to it it except the blessing of the Bishop. The healing and strengthening effects characteristic of olive oil make it appropriate as part of the outward sign of Anointing of the Sick.