In this sacrament, those who are gravely ill, in danger of death, have been seriously injured, or are preparing for serious surgery are anointed with Holy oil. This anointing and the accompanying prayers strengthen the person that they may endure their suffering and assure them that God walks with them through their difficult times.
This Sacrament is often combined with the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. These give the person additional spiritual strength and grace. If the person is near death, the Eucharist is called “Viaticum” which means “food for the journey”. It strengthens us for our journey home to God.