Traditional Prayers for Anglican Catholics
         
       
   

THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK

The Ministry of the Word of God

Priest: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.

The priest reads Psalm 121. Psalm 23 may be read as well.

Antiphon:
O Saviour of the world,
who by thy cross and precious Blood hast redeemed us:
Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

Psalm 121
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills :
from whence cometh my help.
2. My help cometh even from the Lord :
who hath made heaven and earth.
3. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved :
and he that keepeth thee will not sleep.
4. Behold, he that keepeth Israel :
shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5. The Lord himself is thy keeper :
the Lord is thy defence upon thy right hand;
6. So that the sun shall not burn thee by day :
neither the moon by night.
7. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil :
yea, it is even he that shall keep thy soul.
8. The Lord shall preserve thy going out
and thy coming in :
from this time forth for evermore.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be :
world without end. Amen.

Antiphon:
O Saviour of the world,
who by thy cross and precious Blood hast redeemed us:
Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd :
therefore can I lack nothing.
2. He shall feed me in a green pasture :
and lead me forth
beside the waters of comfort.
3. He shall convert my soul :
and bring me forth
in the paths of righteousness,
for his Name's sake.
4. Yea, though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil : for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff comfort me.
5. Thou shalt prepare a table before me
against them that trouble me : thou hast anointed my head with oil,
and my cup shall be full.
6. But thy loving-kindness and mercy
shall follow me
all the days of my life : and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
for ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be :
world without end. Amen.

Antiphon:
O Saviour of the world,
who by thy cross and precious Blood hast redeemed us:
Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

The priest reads from the Word of God.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover." (Mark 16:18).

And St Mark records that in obedience to their commission from Jesus
the disciples "anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them." (Mark 6:13)

Furthermore, in the Epistle of St James we read:
"Is any among you sick?
Let him call for the elders of the Church;
and let them pray over him,
anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;
and the prayer of faith shall save the sick man
and the Lord will raise him up;
and if he has committed any sins
he will be forgiven." (James 5:14-15)

Other suitable passages of Scripture may be substituted for the above.

If the sick person's family and friends have gathered for the anointing, the priest may give a short homily.

The Laying on of Hands

The priest lays hands on the sick person. He will usually pray in his own words. One or more of these prayers may be added:

N., I lay my hands upon thee
in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
beseeching him to uphold thee and fill thee with his grace,
that thou mayest know the healing power of his love. Amen.

Our Lord Jesus Christ be near thee to defend thee,
within thee to refresh thee,
around thee to preserve thee,
before thee to guide thee,
behind thee to justify thee,
above thee to bless thee,
who liveth and reigneth with the Father
and the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Almighty Lord,
who is a most strong tower to all them
that put their trust in him,
to whom all things in heaven, in earth, and under the earth,
do bow and obey,
be now and evermore thy defence;
and make thee know and feel,
that there is none other Name under heaven given to man,
in whom and through whom thou mayest receive health and salvation,
but only the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Anointing

The priest dips his thumb in the holy oil, and makes the sign of the cross on the sick person's forehead and hands, saying:
N., in the faith of Jesus Christ,
I anoint you in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

As with this visible oil thy body outwardly is anointed,
so may God the Holy Spirit,
who is the giver of all health,
restore in thee perfect health of body, mind and spirit;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with the Father,
and the same Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.

Lord's Prayer

Priest: Let us pray. As our Saviour Christ hath commanded and taught us, we are bold to say:
All: Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil,
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

[If Holy Communion is given, "Behold the Lamb of God . . ." and its response, "Lord, I am not worthy . . . " is said. The priest gives Holy Communion and then says a post-Communion prayer. ]

Blessing

The priest says this or another blessing:
Unto God's gracious mercy and protection we commit thee.
The Lord bless thee and keep thee.
The Lord make his face to shine upon thee,
and be gracious unto thee.
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee,
and give thee peace,
both now and evermore. Amen.