Canons on the Sacrament
of the Anointing of the Sick

 

 Weyden, Seven-Sacrament Altar, 1450


 

 

 

 

TITLE V. THE SACRAMENT of the ANOINTING of the SICK (Cann. 998 - 1007)

TITULUS V: DE SACRAMENTO UNCTIONIS INFIRMORUM

 

 

 

 

Can. 998 The anointing of the sick, by which the Church commends the faithful who are dangerously ill to the suffering and glorified Lord in order that he relieve and save them, is conferred by anointing them with oil and pronouncing the words prescribed in the liturgical books.

Can. 998 - Unctio infirmorum, qua Ecclesia fideles periculose aegrotantes Domino patienti et glorificato, ut eos allevet et salvet, commendat, confertur eos liniendo oleo atque verba proferendo in liturgicis libris praescripta.

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER I.
THE CELEBRATION of the SACRAMENT

CAPUT IDE SACRAMENTI CELEBRATIONE

 

 

 

 

Can. 999 In addition to a bishop, the following can bless the oil to be used in the anointing of the sick:

Can. 999 - Praeter Episcopum, oleum in unctione infirmorum adhibendum benedicere possunt: 

   1 those equivalent to a diocesan bishop by law;

1_ qui iure Episcopo dioecesano aequiparantur;

   2 any presbyter in a case of necessity, but only in the actual celebration of the sacrament.

2_ in casu necessitatis, quilibet presbyter in ipsa tamen celebratione sacramenti.

 

 

Can. 1000    1. The anointings with the words, order, and manner prescribed in the liturgical books are to be performed carefully. In a case of necessity, however, a single anointing on the forehead or even on some other part of the body is sufficient, while the entire formula is said.

Can. 1000 - 1.  Unctiones verbis, ordine et modo praescriptis in liturgicis libris, accurate peragantur; in casu tamen necessitatis, sufficit unctio unica in fronte vel etiam in alia corporis parte, integra formula prolata. 

   2. The minister is to perform the anointings with his own hand, unless a grave reason warrants the use of an instrument.

2.  Unctiones peragat minister propria manu, nisi gravis ratio usum instrumenti suadeat.

 

 

Can. 1001 Pastors of souls and those close to the sick are to take care that the sick are consoled by this sacrament at the appropriate time.

Can. 1001 - Curent animarum pastores et infirmorum propinqui, ut tempore opportuno infirmi hoc sacramento subleventur.

 

 

Can. 1002 The communal celebration of the anointing of the sick for many of the sick at once, who have been suitably prepared and are properly disposed, can be performed according to the prescripts of the diocesan bishop.

Can. 1002 - Celebratio communis unctionis infirmorum, pro pluribus infirmis simul, qui apte sint praeparati et rite dispositi, iuxta Episcopi dioecesani praescripta peragi potest.

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER II. THE MINISTER of the ANOINTING of the SICK

CAPUT II. DE MINISTRO UNCTIONIS INFIRMORUM

 

 

 

 

Can. 1003    1. Every priest and a priest alone validly administers the anointing of the sick.

Can. 1003 - 1.  Unctionem infirmorum valide administrat omnis et solus sacerdos. 

   2. All priests to whom the care of souls has been entrusted have the duty and right of administering the anointing of the sick for the faithful entrusted to their pastoral office. For a reasonable cause, any other priest can administer this sacrament with at least the presumed consent of the priest mentioned above.

2.  Officium et ius unctionis infirmorum ministrandi habent omnes sacerdotes, quibus demandata est cura animarum, erga fideles suo pastorali officio commissos; ex rationabili causa, quilibet alius sacerdos hoc sacramentum ministrare potest de consensu saltem praesumpto sacerdotis de quo supra. 

   3. Any priest is permitted to carry blessed oil with him so that he is able to administer the sacrament of the anointing of the sick in a case of necessity.

3.  Cuilibet sacerdoti licet oleum benedictum secumferre ut, in casu necessitatis, sacramentum unctionis infirmorum ministrare valeat.

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER III. THOSE on WHOM the ANOINTING of the SICK is to be CONFERRED

CAPUT III. DE IIS QUIBUS UNCTIO INFIRMORUM CONFERENDA SIT

 

 

 

 

Can. 1004    1. The anointing of the sick can be administered to a member of the faithful who, having reached the use of reason, begins to be in danger due to sickness or old age.

Can. 1004 - 1.  Unctio infirmorum ministrari potest fideli qui, adepto rationis usu, ob infirmitatem vel senium in periculo incipit versari. 

   2. This sacrament can be repeated if the sick person, having recovered, again becomes gravely ill or if the condition becomes more grave during the same illness.

2.  Hoc sacramentum iterari potest, si infirmus, postquam convaluerit, denuo in gravem infirmitatem inciderit aut si, eadem infirmitate perdurante, discrimen factum gravius sit.

 

 

Can. 1005 This sacrament is to be administered in a case of doubt whether the sick person has attained the use of reason, is dangerously ill, or is dead.

Can. 1005 - In dubio utrum infirmus rationis usum attigerit, an periculose aegrotet vel mortuus sit, hoc sacramentum ministretur.

 

 

Can. 1006 This sacrament is to be conferred on the sick who at least implicitly requested it when they were in control of their faculties.

Can. 1006 - Infirmis qui, cum suae mentis compotes essent, hoc sacramentum implicite saltem petierint, conferatur.

 

 

Can. 1007 The anointing of the sick is not to be conferred upon those who persevere obstinately in manifest grave sin.

Can. 1007 - Unctio infirmorum ne conferatur illis, qui in manifesto gravi peccato obstinate perseverent.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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