SACRAMENT OF THE SICK
“Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.” Epistle of James 5:14,15
Jesus, who knew what it was to suffer and even to die, seeks to make his presence know to us at all times, and especially so when we are struggling with illness in whatever form it might take. The Gospels and, indeed, the whole of the New Testament are full of stories of people being restored to health and wholeness. Jesus would touch people in their pain… pain that often left them feeling marginalized and forgotten… he would lay hands on them and anoint them bringing them comfort and strength in their need. He commanded his followers to do likewise.
And so, in the Ministry to the Sick, besides prayer being raised daily on their behalf, in the Sacrament of the Sick the laying on of hands and prayer with anointing (using the Oil of the Sick) is offered.
The first Thursday of each month (unless prevented by the Holy Day taking precedence) the 10:00am Eucharist in Saint Andrew’s, Fortrose is offered in prayer for the Sick and the above Sacrament is offered to those gathered as we lift up to God those we know to be in need together with our own particular concerns.
If you would like to learn more, please contact our Priest.
Our Interim Rector, The Most Rev’d Mark Strange,
Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness
Phone: 01463 811333