How was sickness viewed in the Old Testament?
In the Old Testament sickness was experienced as a sign of weakness and at the same time perceived as mysteriously bound up with sin.
What is the significance of Jesus’ compassion for the sick?
The compassion of Jesus toward the sick and His many healings of the infirm were a clear sign that with Him had come the Kingdom of God and therefore victory over sin, over suffering, and over death.
What is the attitude of the Church toward the sick?
Having received from the Lord the charge to heal the sick, the Church strives to carry it out by taking care of the sick and accompanying them with her prayer of intercession. /Above all, the Church possesses a sacrament specifically intended for the benefit of the sick.
Who can receive the sacrament of the anointing of the sick?
Any member of the faithful can receive this sacrament as soon as he or she begins to be in danger of death because of sickness or old age.
Who administers this sacrament?
This sacrament can be administered only by priests (bishops or presbyters)
How is this sacrament celebrated?
The celebration of this sacrament consists essentially in an anointing with oil which may be blessed by the bishop.
What are the effects of this sacrament?
This sacrament confers a special grace which unites the sick person more intimately to the Passion of Christ for his good and for the good of all the Church. /It gives comfort, peace, courage, and even the forgiveness of sins if the sick person is not able to make a confession.
What is Viaticum?
Viaticum is the Holy Eucharist received by those who are about to leave this earthly life and are preparing for the journey to eternal life.