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Anointing of the Sick


The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick holds a sacred place within the Catholic Church, offering spiritual strength, healing, and the remission of sins. While it is commonly administered to the dying, its grace is also extended to those who are gravely ill or preparing for a significant operation.

When to Seek Anointing of the Sick:
1. Dying Moments: Administered to the dying for the remission of sins and spiritual strength.
2. Grave Illness: For those facing serious illnesses, providing health and spiritual support.
3. Before Surgery: Prior to significant operations, inviting God's healing and guidance.

Requesting the Sacrament:
If you or a loved one is in need of the Anointing of the Sick, please contact the parish office at 417-887-6472. The sacrament is administered by the priests of the Church, who pray over the individual and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.

Biblical Basis:
The scriptural foundation for this sacrament is found in the Book of James (5:14-15), emphasizing the role of the presbyters (priests) in praying for the sick and anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.

"Is anyone among you sick? Let him bring in the presbyters [priests] of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he be in sins, they shall be forgiven him." - James 5:14-15

Catechism of the Catholic Church:
"By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests, the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them." - Catechism, 1499

May the sacrament bring comfort, healing, and the grace of God to those in need.