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Friday, March 13, 2015


There is a beautiful anointing within Mass that all of us experienced on Wednesday. It gave me great consolation to receive this Sacrament of Healing. All the prayers are wonderful but I will just give a tiny sample. After the Litany and Petitions, there is a prayer of thanksgiving over the Blest Oil and then the priest extends his hands over all to be anointed and prays for the entire group:
"Through this holy anointing, may the Lord in His love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
May the Lord who frees you from sin, save you and raise you up.

Then the priest went to each of us and anointed our foreheads and hands with the holy oil.

What struck me most were these phrases in the prayer after the Anointing. "Father in Heaven, through this Holy Anointing, grant our sisters and friends comfort in thir suffering:
-when they are afraid, give them courage,
-when afflicted, give them patience,
-when dejected, give them hope.
Keep them firm in faith and serene in hope, so that they may be an example of patient and joyful witness to the power of your love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

I prayed for courage, patience, and hope for all!

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