The Holy Mystery of the Anointing of the Sick

Faithful prayer will save the sick
James 5:15

If any of you are sick, let him call the elders of the church; let them say prayers over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. Faithful prayer will save the sick and the Lord will lift him up; and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed! The earnest prayer of a righteous man can do much (James 5:14-16).

What is the Anointing of the Sick or Last Rites?

The mystery of the Anointing of the Sick has long been out of practice in the Armenian Church. Because no one can know exactly where, how or when one falls ill or dies, this sacrament is not practiced in the Armenian Church as it used to be. So that the sacrament is not withheld from the faithful, it is combined with the first rites, namely with confirmation by the anointing of myrrh after baptism.

Visiting a seriously ill person is often understood as the mystery of the Anointing of the Sick, but this rite is not a mystery in its own right. During such a visit, the dying person receives last communion.

In the case of the clergy ordained to the priesthood, a last rite was and is performed on the corpse during the church burial in the Armenian Church, which many interpret as the mystery of the last rites. However, this rite is not a mystery either. The dead body does not need the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Rather, this anointing of a departed priest is a reminder of the anointing of the body of Jesus Christ with precious oils and incense.

What is the Anointing of the Sick or Last Rites?

The mystery of the Anointing of the Sick has long been out of practice in the Armenian Church. Because no one can know exactly where, how or when one falls ill or dies, this sacrament is not practiced in the Armenian Church as it used to be. So that the sacrament is not withheld from the faithful, it is combined with the first rites, namely with confirmation by the anointing of myrrh after baptism.

Visiting a seriously ill person is often understood as the mystery of the Anointing of the Sick, but this rite is not a mystery in its own right. During such a visit, the dying person receives last communion.

In the case of the clergy ordained to the priesthood, a last rite was and is performed on the corpse during the church burial in the Armenian Church, which many interpret as the mystery of the last rites. However, this rite is not a mystery either. The dead body does not need the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Rather, this anointing of a departed priest is a reminder of the anointing of the body of Jesus Christ with precious oils and incense.

healing prayer

Lord, scatter and heal the sickness and pain of your people. Our God, grant perfect health to all through the sign of Your most victorious Holy Cross, whereby You eliminated human weaknesses and condemned our enemy. You are our life and salvation, beneficent and merciful God, who forgives our sins and delivers us from diseases. Amen.

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