The Sacrament Holy Unction

“And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them..." (Mark 6:13).

Apr 20, 2022

What is Holy Unction?

It is considered a sacrament of the Church mysteries and is called the Sacrament of Holy Unction. It is always performed in hope of healing the soul and the body.


The Orthodox Church performs this sacrament on the evening of Holy Wednesday, but she hopes that it will be practiced over and again, and that every ill person would receive it at all times, especially when there is need.


St Andrew Antiochian Orthodox Church will be holding a service for Holy Unction on Holy Wednesday, the 20th of May 2022, at 6:00 PM.

 

The Service of the Sacrament:

The order of the sacrament of Holy Unction mentions that it takes place in the church among the community of the faithful, and in the event that the patient cannot attend the church, the sacrament is performed at home.


The service includes seven epistles, seven gospel readings, and seven prayers to bless the oil. Thus the service is held by seven priests who represent the universal Apostolic Church. However, the Church has authorized that a smaller number of priests or even one priest hold the service.


Originally, the priest would anoint the faithful in oil seven times to indicate that the Church expresses her complete affection for the patient by this sacrament, but then a measure was taken to anoint the faithful only once in the church.

After the seventh Gospel, the first among the priests takes the Holy Gospel and raises it open above the heads of those present, and the rest of the priests lay their hands on the Gospel, and a prayer to the Lord Jesus is read.

All this indicates that we are children of the Lord Jesus, by adoption. The Gospel is the constitution of our lives.

 

How many times did the Lord Jesus say, "Your faith has healed you"?

The Lord is always ready to enter our heart, but are we ready to open our heart to Him? This is the fundamental question that every human being must ask himself while being anointed with Holy oil: do I accept the Lord as a true Savior? Do I keep his commandments and put them in practice? Do I confess my sins and prepare myself fully to repent sincerely and with no return to sin? If I ever go back and fall into weakness, am I ready to repent again? Am I aware of my condition? Do I truly believe in the Lord Jesus as my God and Savior of my life? Do I believe in the efficacy of every word in this blessed prayer?


Let us put forward our hearts and souls together with our forehead, to be anointed with the oil of joy, that we may heal from our psychological and physical diseases, and become a vessel that emanates the fragrance of Holy Spirit.


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