The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a “Treasure!”
“Is anyone among you sick? Send for the presbyters of the Church and let them pray over him or her, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick persons and the Lord will raise them up. If they have committed any sins, they will be forgiven them.” (James 5:14-15)
Anointing of the Sick is for those facing any serious, debilitating, or life-threatening illness. It can also be received before surgery or by anyone in need of any physical or emotional healing. Anointing can be received more than once. There is no need to wait until the person receiving the sacrament is near death, although it certainly can be given at such a time. If the person is near death, it is preferable that the person receiving is conscious and able to recognize and appreciate what they are receiving. Anointing of the Sick can be received anywhere: here at the Church of the Risen Savior, in a home, in the hospital, or in a nursing care facility.