Wednesday, July 19, 2006
When should the sacrament of the sick be given?
Fr McNamara is asked a bit about Indulgences and a bit more about the Sacrament of the Annointing of the Sick
Many priests (& bishops too), today seem to misunderstand this very important Sacrament, so it is not surprising that the laity either treat it as a simple blessing or they do not asked for it at all. There is confusion too about its relation to the Sacrament of Penance, Fr McNamara a professor of liturgy in Rome, addresses most of these points.
He is asked:
"Is the sacrament of the anointing of the sick reserved solely for those suffering a terminal illness or for those preparing to undergo surgery? May persons suffering from chronic illness, mental illness, spiritual illness and drug addiction receive this sacrament?"
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