In the letter of James 5:14-15 we read:
14 Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.
The ministry of healing has at times been misrepresented as an alternative to conventional medicine. In reality the sacramental ministry of healing works alongside the other healing services (including conventional medicine). Like other healing the results of this ministry are not always what we want.
Physical death is not necessarily a failure of medicine, or of the healing ministry, and may indeed be part of a greater sense of wholeness and healing.
Within this context, without resorting to any marketing claims, we celebrate the love of God for his creation, and recognise that healing and wholeness are part of his plan for us all.
Our parish has an ongoing ministry to the sick.
The focus of our healing ministry is faith and trust in God, and we gladly give thanks for healing we see and understand. The oil used in the ministry of healing is blessed by the Bishop at the Christ Mass each year in Holy Week, and represents the sacramental principle of ‘ordinary things being used for extraordinary things’.