Category Archives: Pastoral Care of the Sick

Anointing for Mental Illness

I follow Fr Edward McNamara’s weekly liturgy Q&A feature on Zenit. Even if I disagree with his response (which I do this week) I have to admit the guy is willing to engage some of those who write to him. … Continue reading

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Anointing Palms Down

A retired priest was in line for Anointing of the Sick. He presented his hands palms down for anointing. The parishioners behind him noticed, and figured the clergy must know best, so the whole line presented themselves for anointing backhanded. … Continue reading

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Anointing: Not So Easily Categorized

It is a feature of post-conciliar catechesis to subdivide the seven sacraments into three neat categories: initiation, healing, and vocation. If one looks at the surface, it makes sense to group Baptism-Confirmation-Eucharist as the liminal event that completes one’s initiation … Continue reading

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PCS 299-305: Rite of Penance for the Sick and Dying

The PCS has one appendix. It deals with the Rite of Reconciliation of Individual Penitents. 299. This form for celebrating the sacrament of penance is for use when it is necessary in the following cases: during communion of the sick; … Continue reading

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PCS 297-298: Scriptures for the Pastoral Care Rites

The Pastoral Care rites offer lots of readings. Section 297 offers suggestions for visiting the sick, praying for the sick, and anointing. The nine Old Testament offerings are a pretty weak variety. Four from Job, three from Isaiah, plus Elijah … Continue reading

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PCS 292-296: Viaticum and Concluding Rites

These five sections finish up emergency initiation. They follow closely the viaticum rites discussed earlier at 192-196. PCS 292 introduces and prayer the Lord’s Prayer. 293-294 give the Communion rite. The blessing is given in 295, with options. If any … Continue reading

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PCS 285-291: Liturgy of Christian Initiation

When we get to the examinatino of RCIA, we’ll look at the full adult initiation rites thoroughly. The emergency rites in the PCS date between the provisional first edition of RCIA (the brown book, 1972) and the current rite (1988)–remember the … Continue reading

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