Anointing of the Sick

The anointing of the sick by which the Church commends to the suffering and glorified Lord the faithful who are dangerously sick so that He relieve and save them, is conferred by anointing them with oil and using the words prescribed in the liturgical books. (Canon 998)


Hospital Coverage

The hospitals in the Northern Virginia area are usually covered by the parish in whose territory the hospital is located. An exception to this is INOVA-Fairfax, which has a priest of the diocese assigned there as chaplain.


Hospitals

  • Sentara Northern Virginia (Our Lady of Angels)
  • INOVA – Lorton (Our Lady of Angels)
  • INOVA – Mt. Vernon (Good Shepherd, Alexandria)
  • INOVA – Fairfax (Hospital Chaplain’s office)
  • INOVA – Fair Oaks (St. Veronica’s, Chantilly)
  • INOVA – Alexandria (Blessed Sacrament, Alexandria)
  • Virginia Hospital Center (St. Ann’s, Arlington)
  • Mary Washington (St. Mary’s, Fredericksburg)
  • Prince William (All Saints, Manassas)


When To Contact

Even today people believe that the anointing is “Last Rites” and wait until the deathbed. It is not a sacrament “for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death form sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived.” (CCC. 1514)


As the Church reminds us, if a person’s condition becomes more serious, the sacrament may be repeated. It is also fitting to receive the sacrament prior to a serious operation, or as the elderly become more frail.

Anointing of the Sick

The anointing of the sick by which the Church commends to the suffering and glorified Lord the faithful who are dangerously sick so that He relieve and save them, is conferred by anointing them with oil and using the words prescribed in the liturgical books. (Canon 998)