“Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.” James 5:14-15
Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of healing. Anointing of the Sick was once known as “extreme unction.” The idea behind this sacrament is that we are all members of the Body of Christ. When one of us suffers, all of us suffer, and all of God’s creation suffers with us.
This is a ministry of comfort. Through anointing, the sick are reminded that Christ and the Church are in communion with their suffering. The Holy Spirit shares the blessings of health, trust in God, and strength against temptation.