‘Through this holy anointing, may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit.’
Since earliest times, Christians facing ill-health or death, have called on the Church for prayer to help them draw close to God and prepare them spiritually for what the future may bring.
If you are facing a significant operation or medical treatment the clergy are available for the ministry of anointing and prayer to help you at this time. Anointing of the sick (known as Holy Unction) involves making the sign of the cross on your forehead and on the palms of your hands with the oil of the sick. It is an intimate and special moment in which God can speak to us of his love and mercy even in the most difficult circumstances, reminding us that he is always with us.
When someone is approaching death, it is often necessary to seek a priest urgently and at unexpected times for the last rites, which may include the dying making their Confession, receiving Holy Communion, and Holy Unction, as appropriate. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the clergy at any time if there is a pastoral emergency. The Vicar can be reached directly on 0208 878 7589.