St James wrote, “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the presbyters of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” (James 5:14-15). Unction “is the rite of anointing the sick with oil, or the laying on of hands, by which God’s grace is given for the healing of spirit, mind, and body” (BCP, p 861). Anointing the sick is a valuable tool in strengthening their faith, sharing God’s grace, and reconnecting them to the Church. (The above is taken from Forward in Faith’s pamphlet, “A Newcomers Guide to the Sacraments” found here).
Anointing of the sick for healing of body, mind or spirit is always available as needed at Saint Barnabas. However, on the Third Sunday of each month we will begin to offer it immediately following worship. Fr. Greg and I will head to the front of the church after the closing hymn to pray for those as needed along with our lay prayer teams. You will notice this for the first time on Sunday, September 17th, and each month thereafter. It serves as a visible reminder of Jesus’ healing hand in our lives as we pray for one another.