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13 Is anyone among you suffering He should pray Is anyone in good spirits He should sing praise 14 Is anyone among you sick He should summon the presbyters of the church and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord 15 and the prayer of faith will save the sick person and the Lord will raise him up If he has committed any sins he will be forgiven James 513-15 Vatican II states Extreme Unction also called anointing of the sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death As soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age the appropriate time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly arrived Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctam Concilium SC 73 This sacrament of the living when in the providence of God and expedient for the welfare of the soul sometimes restores health through the aid given to natural or bodily forces or agents for the overcoming of dangerous illnesses Therefore it is of importance that the faithful seek to receive this anointing as often as they become ill and certainly whenever the threat of ones life is present because of sickness Although it is not a necessary means of salvation no one should for light reasons forego this sacrament Some maintain that there is an obligation to receive it whenever possible and to fail to do so out of vanity or negligence would be seriously sinful The matter of the sacrament is olive oil or if necessary a vegetable oil properly blessed for this use by a bishop or a priest who has the faculty to do so It is sufficient to make a single anointing of another part of the body suffices The form is Through this holy anointing and His most loving mercy may the Lord
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