The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God’s saving presence. That’s what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God’s grace.
- SACRAMENTS of INITIATION – Baptism, Confirmation & Eucharist
“Through the sacraments of Christian Initiation men and women are freed from the power of darkness. With Christ they die, are buried and rise again. They receive the Spirit of adoption which makes them God’s sons and daughters and, with the entire people of God, they celebrate the memorial of the Lord’s death and resurrection.”
Vatican Council, Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity
- SACRAMENTS of HEALING – Reconciliation & Anointing of the Sick
“The Lord Jesus Christ, physician of our souls and bodies, who forgave the sins of the paralytic and restored him to bodily health, has willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, his work of healing and salvation, even among her own members. This is the purpose of the two sacraments of healing; the sacrament of Penance and the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1421
- ANOINTING OF THE SICK
A person who is seriously ill may be anointed at any time. Formerly the sacrament was only administered to those who were dying. The Church now anoints people who are ill and in need of God’s healing touch. If you know that you will be undergoing surgery or seriously will be hospitalized, you may be anointed at the Church beforehand by contacting a priest after Mass. If you or a family member is in need of the sacrament in an emergency, please call the Parish Office at (614) 882-2710 or the weekend emergency line at (614) 285-7604.
About the Sacrament
“Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders [presbyters] of the Church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.” ~ James 5:14-15
“The Church believes and confesses that among the seven sacraments there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness. The Anointing of the Sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time has already arrived to receive this sacrament.” (CCC 1514)
“The Anointing of the Sick is a liturgical and communal celebration whether it takes place in the family home, a hospital or church, for a single sick person or a whole group of sick persons. It is fitting to celebrate it within the Eucharist, the memorial of the Lord’s Passover.” (CCC 1517)
“This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament. It is alluded to indeed by Mark but is recommended to the faithful and promulgated by James the apostle.” (CCC 1511)
Preparation “If circumstances suggest it, the celebration of the sacrament can be preceded by the sacrament of Penance and followed by the sacrament of the Eucharist.” (CCC 1517)
Celebrating The celebration of the sacrament includes the following principal elements the “priests of the Church, in silence, lay hands on the sick; they pray over them in the faith of the Church, this is the epiclesis (calling of the Holy Spirit) proper to this sacrament; they then anoint them with oil blessed, if possible, by the bishop.” (CCC 1519)
- SACRAMENTS of VOCATION – Matrimony & Holy Orders
“Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are sacraments of Christian Initiation. They ground the common vocation of all Christ’s disciples, a vocation of holiness and to the mission of evangelizing the world. Two other sacraments, Matrimony and Holy Orders, are directed towards the salvation of others; if they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so. They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1533, 1534