After the ritual greeting (PCS 115) and the optional sprinkling rite (116), the priest quotes the letter of James in an “instruction” to the sick and those present:
My dear friends, we are gathered here in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ who is present among us. As the gospels relate, the sick came to him for healing; moreover, he loves us so much that he died for our sake. Through the apostle James, he has commanded us: “Are there any sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them.”
Let us therefore commend our sick brother/sister N. to the grace and power of Christ, that he may save him/her and raise him/her up.
I don’t know that a mini-homily is really necessary here. The rite tries to impress upon pastoral ministers the value of sacramental catechesis in advance of the rite. If there was no catechesis, something like this would work. The rite suggests “these or similar words” be used. That does give the discerning priest the leeway to say what is needed.
After the instruction, either the sacrament of penance is celebrated or the penitential rite (PCS 118). The form is as you know at Mass: a brief introduction, then silence, then an option of the Confiteor or Lord Have Mercy.
By your paschal mystery you have won for us salvation: Lord have mercy.
You renew among us now the wonders of your passion: Christ have mercy.
When we receive your body, you share with us your paschal sacrifice: Lord have mercy.
These invocations don’t appear in the Sacramentary, and reflect the Church’s understanding of the paschal character of this sacrament.
Any thoughts? You’ve all been rather silent on Pastoral Care of the Sick commentary.