I won’t post all of the “black” in this post which wraps up anointing of the sick at Mass.
The ritual Mass continues after anointing with the liturgy of the Eucharist (PCS 143). It offers options for the prayer over the gifts (144), a special preface and inserts for Eucharistic Prayers I, II, and III (145).
Here’s the preface:
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks,
for you have revealed to us
in Christ the healer
your unfailing power and steadfast compassion.
In the splendor of his rising
your Son conquered suffering and death
and bequeathed to us his promise
of a new and glorious world,
where no bodily pain will afflict us
and no anguish of spirit.
Through your gift of the Spirit,
you bless us, even now,
with comfort and healing,
strength and hope,
forgiveness and peace.
In this supreme sacrament of your love
you give us the risen body of your Son:
a pattern of what we shall become
when he returns again at the end of time.
In gladness and joy
we unite with the angels and saints
in the great canticle of creation,
as we sing:
Two prayers after Communion (146) and three of the blessings of PCS 130 are repeated here (147). PCS 148 provides for the dismissal of the people, “commend(ing) the sick to their care.”
These prayers sustain the link between anointing and Eucharist and deserve careful attention from the presiding priest. In the next series of posts, we’ll look at anointing, short form as it is celebrated in hospitals and other institutions. Any last comments on the ritual Mass for anointing of the sick?