PCS 23-25: The Anointing

How is anointing done? Many older Catholics have this experience, or something close to it:

23 The sick person is anointed on the forehead and on the hands. It is appropriate to divide the sacramental form so that the first part is said while the forehead is anointed, the latter part while the hands are anointed.

This division is nearly universal in my experience of receiving or watching.

In case of necessity, however, it is sufficient that a single anointing be given on the forehead or, because of the particular condition of the sick person, on another suitable part of the body, while the whole sacramental form is said.

A practical Roman sensibility–very sound.

24 Depending on the culture and traditions of different peo­ples, the number of anointings may be increased and the place of anointing may be changed. Directives on this should be in­cluded in the preparation of particular rituals.

I’m not aware of any cultural group within the US for whom this is held. We have the words of the sacramental form:

25 The following is the sacramental form with which the anointing of the sick is given in the Latin rite:

Through this holy anointing

may the Lord in his love and mercy help you

with the grace of the Holy Spirit.

May the Lord who frees you from sin

save you and raise you up.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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