Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint (him) with oil in the name of the Lord and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up.James 5:14-15
While Jesus (and the Apostles) performed miraculous healings, the Anointing of the Sick should not be seen as simply asking for physical healing. When we are sick, we may suffer physically and spiritually. While our prayers may include asking for a miracle, the sacrament is about strengthening and knowing that God is with us granting us peace, love, and grace. Unlike the sacraments of baptism and confirmation, which are celebrated only once in a person’s life, the anointing of the sick can be received as often as needed and is not only for those who are actively dying. For example, those with a serious illness or those preparing for surgery or major medical procedure can receive the sacrament.
If you or your loved one have any serious illness, or may be in the process of actively dying, please call our parish office at 607-273-6121, and Father Chumo would be happy to celebrate this Sacrament with you.