Category Archives: Pastoral Care of the Sick

PCS 259-260: Rite for Emergencies

259. There are extreme circumstances in which not even the continuous rite can be celebrated. These occur when the danger of death from injury or illness is sudden and unexpected or when the priest is not called to exercise his … Continue reading

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PCS 247-258: Anointing, Viaticum, Peace

The rest of the continuous rite treats anointing, then viaticum. We’ve covered a lot of this territory before, and the rite itself refers back to previous rituals almost exclusively. PCS 247-250 covers sacramental anointing. The first section instructs the priest … Continue reading

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PCS 244-246: Faith, Litany, Confirmation

As it is part of the Viaticum liturgy (PCS 190-191), the baptismal profession of faith and litany follow the Liturgy of Penance. If, that is, “the condition of the sick person permits.” A sprinkling rite may take place after the … Continue reading

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PCS 241-243: Penitential Options

In the Liturgy of Penance (241-243) one of two options is provided. The priest may lead the sick person in either the sacrament of penance or a penitential rite: 241. If the sick person so wishes, the sacrament of penance … Continue reading

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PCS 239-240: Introductory Rites

These sections cover the introductory rites. In order, the priest leads the sick person and others present with a ritual greeting (239), and an instruction that includes a Scripture passage (240). 239. The priest greets the sick person and the … Continue reading

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PCS 237-238: Intro to the Continuous Rite, Continued

Keeping the sacraments untangled, celebrated with dignity, is the point of these particular instructions for the clergy. Also, the rite provides choices for adaptation. A priest must be aware of not only the substance of the pastoral care rites, but … Continue reading

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PCS 236: Penance, Anointing, Viaticum Intro

Penance, Anointing, and Viaticum celebrated together is the first exceptional circumstance treated in Chapter VIII of the Pastoral Care Rites. Let’s start reading the three-section introduction: 236. This rite has been provided for use when sudden illness, an accident, or … Continue reading

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PCS 233-235: Exceptional Circumstances Outlined

In these next sections, the rite briefly outlines what is to come  in chapter VIII, the last three major topics in the rite itself. First, the Continuous Rite: 233. A “Continuous Rite of Penance, Anointing, and Viaticum” has been set … Continue reading

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PCS 232: Exceptional Circumstances, Introduction

Chapter VIII will wrap up Part II of the Pastoral Care Rites, but be warned: it is a long one, running from section 232 through 296. One section serves as an introduction, and here it is: 232. The rites contained … Continue reading

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PCS 226-231: Prayers for the Dead

The brief liturgical outline is as follows: Greeting (226) Prayer (227) Reading (228) Litany (229) Lord’s Prayer (230) Prayer of Commendation (231) The ritual greeting may be used “in these or similar words,” and two examples are given, one based … Continue reading

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PCS 223-225: Prayers for the Dead, Introduction

Chapter VII of the Pastoral Care rites is titled, “Prayers for the Dead.” It’s a brief chapter, only nine sections (223-231), but a very important pastoral outreach to the mourners of the dead. A three-section introduction: 223. This chapter contains … Continue reading

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PCS 220-222: Prayers of Commendation, After Death

220. When the moment of death seems near, some of the following prayers may be said: Go forth, Christian soul, from this world in the name of God the alnighty Father, who create you, in the name of Jesus Christ, … Continue reading

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PCS 219: Litany of the Saints

 219. When the condition of the dying person calls for the use of brief forms of prayer, those who are present are encouraged to pray the litany of saints–or at least some of its invocations–for him or her. Special mention … Continue reading

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PCS 217-218: Scriptures at the Time of Death

These two sections respectively give short Scriptures (single sentences) and longer passages of up to 22 verses. PCS 217 suggests in order Romans 8:35, Romans 14:8, 2 Corinthians 5:1, 1 Thessalonians 4:17, 1 John 3:2, 1 John 3:14, Psalm 25:1, Psalm … Continue reading

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PCS 214-216: Texts And How To Proclaim Them

The pastoral care rites give the minister more guidance on how to proclaim Scriptures and other texts with and to the dying. See what you think: 214. The minister may choose texts from among the prayers, litanies, aspirations, psalms, and … Continue reading

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