The rite reintroduces the important sign of laying on of hands, a symbol of Jesus’ touch and the outpouring of the Spirit of strength, love and forgiveness.
The sacrament is administered by a priest to one who is seriously or chronically ill or in danger of imminent death.
The priest anoints the forehead and hands of the sick person with blessed oil. This anointing symbolizes healing, strengthening and special.
The sacrament is a dedication to God.
The healing Jesus offers in the anointing of the sick is not a cure for an illness. It's true the sacrament is a prayer for physical healing, but it's above all a prayer for spiritual healing, especially with respect to reconciliation with God and reaffirmation of our trust in the Lord. Healing includes accepting one's physical limitations and allowing others to care for us when we can't care for ourselves.
The sacrament of the anointing of the sick will bring the person closer to a loving God, a God who raises us up and gives us the gift of eternal life.