Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick is the sacrament that offers compassion and prayers to strengthen brothers and sisters in Christ who are ill or who are at the point of death. Those receiving the sacrament are anointed on the forehead and hands by a priest or bishop using the following words: “Through this holy anointing, may the Lord in his love and his mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.”

Unlike other sacraments that involve anointing (Baptism and Confirmation), Anointing of the Sick can be received more than once. When the sacrament is being administered to someone who is near death, it is often preceded by the Sacrament of Reconciliation and followed by the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

At St. Linus, this sacrament is celebrated within the context of the Mass in the Spring and in the Fall. It is also celebrated at any time by request.  Please contact the parish office (313)274-4500, or by email at

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