The sacrament of the “Last Rites” is the “Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick”. There are a number of reasons for the change in terminology among which is the fact that the phrase “anointing of the sick” more closely reflects the ancient biblical traditions of anointing those who fall ill (James 5:13-16). The term “last rites may indicate that the sacrament should be deferred until death is immanent. Some may also be led to believe the sacrament cannot be repeated.
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick can be received more than once, and should be received when the person begins to be in danger due to sickness or old age. And received for those who are at least 7 years old, the age of reason. The sacrament is done by a priest because often it involves sacramental absolution requiring the actions of a priest. Please call the office for arrangements 760 242-4427.