DPPL 269: Anointing of the Sick

STA altar at night smallOf all the shrines of the world dedicated to the sick, I think of Lourdes. I’d love to go there someday, though not for any particular cure.

The Church reminds us of the possibility of celebrating sacramental Anointing as a community, and a shrine is certainly a good place for it:

269. The (Rite of Pastoral Care of the Sick)provides for the communal celebration of the Anointing of the Sick, especially on the occasion of a pilgrimage to a shrine (Cf. GIRM 83). Such is perfectly in accord with the nature of the Sacrament: obviously, where the imploration of the Lord’s mercy is more intense, there too will the maternal solicitude of the Church be more sought by her children who, through sickness or old age, begin to be in danger of death (Cf. canon law 1004).

Remember, all priests lay hands on each person:

The Rite is to be conducted in accordance with the stipulations of the Ordo. “When several priests are available, each priest lays on hands and administers the anointing with the formula to each sick person in the group; the prayers, however, are to be recited by the principal celebrant” (Pastoral Care of the Sick 90).

The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy is online at the Vatican site.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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