A prayer for Ukraine: Loving God,* We pray for the people of Ukraine,* for all those suffering or afraid,* that you will be close to them and protect them.*** We pray for world leaders,* for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.*** We pray for the world* that in this moment of crisis,* we may reach out in solidarity* to our brothers and sisters in need.*** May we walk in your ways* so that peace and justice* become a reality for the people of Ukraine* and for all the world.*** Amen.***
The Sacred Heart & St Margaret's is parish of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh a charity registered in Scotland number SC008540  

The Sacrament of

the Anointing of the Sick

and Other Rites for the Sick or Dying

Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick


"Are any among you sick? Let them call for the elders of the Church to pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick ones, and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed any sins, they will be forgiven." (James 5:14-15)

Part of Jesus' ministry was to heal the sick, and He went about curing those who were ill or disabled, showing that suffering and death have no place in the Kingdom of God. By His sacrifice of Himself, He took hold of suffering and death and eliminated their power to separate us from each other or from God. Our faith tells us that, indeed, God suffers with us. Through Jesus' suffering and death, God joins His suffering to the suffering of human beings. And by doing this, He transforms and gives it a new meaning.

Through the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick we are assured that God will raise us up, like Jesus, from our bed of pain and sickness and lead us to eternal life.

Through this holy anointing 
may the Lord in His love and mercy help you 
with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 
May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up. Amen.

Please contact the Parish Office for more information or to make arrangements.


Other Rites for the Sick or Dying


"Are there any who are sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them” (James 5: 14-15)


In case of an emergency in which one is in danger of death, requiring the presence of a priest, please call 1-405-742-8556.


Excerpts from the Introduction to the Pastoral Care of the Sick:


  • 8.    The Letter of James states that the sick are to be anointed in order to raise them up and save them.  Great care and concern should be taken to see that those of the faithful whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age receive this sacrament.
  • A prudent or reasonably sure judgment, without scruple, is sufficient for deciding on the seriousness of an illness; if necessary a doctor may be consulted.
  • 9.    The sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after being anointed and then again falls ill or if during the same illness the person’s condition becomes more serious.
  • 10.    A sick person may be anointed before surgery whenever a serious illness is the reason for the surgery.
  • 11.    Elderly people may be anointed if they have become notably weakened even though no serious illness is present.
  • 12.    Sick children may be anointed if they have sufficient use of reason to be strengthened by this sacrament….
  • 14.    The sacrament of anointing may be conferred upon sick people who, although they have lost consciousness or the use of reason, would, as Christian believers, probably have asked for it were they in control of their faculties.
  • 15.    When a priest has been called to attend those who are already dead, he should not administer the sacrament of anointing.  Instead he should pray for them, asking that God forgive their sins and graciously receive them into the kingdom.  But if the priest is doubtful whether the sick person is dead, he may give the sacrament conditionally.(1)


Last Rites


(Confession, Holy Communion - Viaticum, Anointing of the sick, Apostolic Pardon)


Last Rites refers to the sacraments that Catholics receive at the end of their lives (last time in this life), especially Confession, Holy Communion, and the Anointing of the Sick, and the prayers that accompany them. The phrase is less common today that it was in past centuries.

While last rites is sometimes used to refer to only one of the seven sacraments, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick (also known just as the Sacrament of the Sick), that usage is technically incorrect. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, previously known as Extreme Unction, is administered both to the dying and to those who are gravely ill or are about to undergo a serious operation, for the recovery of their health and for spiritual strength. The Anointing of the Sick is technically part of last rites rather than last rites itself.

Examples: "When a Catholic is in danger of death, it is important that a priest be notified, so that he can receive the last rites (last time confession, last time holy communion called Viaticum, anointing with the oil of the sick and  Apostolic Pardon) and be properly reconciled to God before his death."

The Church developed the ritual of last rites to prepare the soul of the dying person for death and for the individual judgment to come.




“Viaticum” is a term that refers to “provision for a journey,” and in the case of the Holy Liturgy this journey is the journey of life: the passage out of life in this world into life in the next.  Our Provision for this journey is Our Lord Jesus Christ, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, given to us in Holy Communion.  Viaticum, therefore, is our last Holy Communion, received when one is near death.

Although the celebration Holy Communion as viaticum is not, in itself, necessary for one’s salvation, it is, along with the Anointing of the Sick and the Apostolic Pardon, the best preparation for one’s journey, for it is in Christ that the Christian dies, and it is in Christ that the Christian has hope for resurrection and eternal life.

Although many circumstances make the celebration of viaticum impossible, nevertheless “Priests and other ministers entrusted with the spiritual care of the sick should do everything they can to ensure that those in proximate danger of death receive the body and blood of Christ as viaticum.  At the earliest opportunity, the necessary preparation should be given to the dying person, family, and others who may take part” (Pastoral Care of the Sick, 176).

To request Viaticum in danger of death, please call the parish office at 01968 673 709.


The Apostolic Pardon


When one is in the proximate danger of death, a priest offers the “Apostolic Pardon” (also called the “Apostolic Blessing,”) to which the Holy See has attached a plenary indulgence.

It should also be known that if a priest is unavailable, the Church grants a plenary indulgence to one who is at the point of death, provided that one is properly disposed and has been in the habit of praying during one’s life.  In this case, the normal conditions for a plenary indulgence are supplied by the Church (see Manual of Indulgences, 12, §2).


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To request Sacraments at home (Holy Communion, Confession or Sacrament of the sick), please call the parish office at 01968 673 709.






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