Anointing of the Sick

The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has as its purpose the conferral of a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age. Each time a Christian falls seriously ill he may receive the Anointing of the Sick, and also when, after he has received it, the illness worsens. Only a priest may give the sacrament. The celebration consist of anointing the forehead and hands of the sick person (in the Roman Rite) or other parts of the body, (in the Eastern Rite), the anointing being accompanied by the liturgical prayer of the celebrant asking for the special grace of this sacrament. CCC1527-31 (CCC = Catechism of the Catholic Church)