Prior to the Second Vatican Council, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick was commonly called "Extreme Unction," and ordinarily it was administered only when a person was actually dying and all hope for recovery was gone. Now the Anointing of the Sick has become a welcomed and consoling eventa way that the Church supports and intercedes for those who are sick.
— from the Introduction
In The Gift of the Anointing of the Sick, Sr. Kathleen Glavich reveals the power behind this sacrament through a discussion of its history and an explanation of its significance. She describes what to expect during the celebration of the Anointing of the Sick and gives helpful suggestions for how to prepare for it both privately and in a communal setting.
This book concisely explains the Anointing of the Sick in a style and language that the average layperson can understand. It includes a question-and- answer section and suggested Scripture readings and prayers. The Gift of the Anointing of the Sick will be a helpful and considerate gift to people preparing for this sacrament as well as their family members and close friends.