Catholic Last Rites Prayer- What Is The Purpose?

Last rites catholic prayer, which is called anointing of the sick as well, is the second sacrament of healing and the purpose of the last rites is to be given to the very sick, the elderly, and those in your death, in order to give them peace and strengthen their pain, as well as unite their suffering to Christ’s suffering on the cross. Sometimes, if it is the will of God, this sacrament may also bring physical healing.

The matter of anointing of the sick is the physical anointing of the person with the oil of the sick.
 The form is the words of the priest through this holy anointing: “May the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit”. “May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up”.

The minister is a bishop or priest, a deacon cannot perform the sacrifice. Jesus instituted the anointing of the sick during his public ministry.

The Bible says: “Jesus sent out his apostles, and they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them”.

Anointing of the sick is one of the three sacraments that make up the last rites. These are the sacraments given to a person on their deathbed, to prepare them to meet God at the gates of heaven.

Last rites prayer words

Dear God, may you place upon this person eternal peace, part in their sins, and all that has been done through their eyes, ears, and thoughts that held sin. Cleanse purify and wash them for living purer than snow, place your holiest angel to cherish and guide them to your kingdom, through Christ Our Lord.

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May Christ live in you through the light of our prayer, as you Christ of his body in you for everlasting life.

May be received, as an everlasting remedy for body, spirit, and soul, who is God lives and Reigns.

Take this Soul into the house for eternal happiness, divine prosperity, serene gladness, fruitful charity, and everlasting health. 

May God live within you and the family for leaving one life for another. May the light in the hearts of all loved ones have no worry, or experience suffering, and instead feel the peace of angels upon them. God is with you now, and for eternity.

May he opened the gates of paradise, and lead you to everlasting Joy. By the light of Christ, you have remission of all your sins, and giving me eternal life in heaven. 

Let us cross for blessing the light, and the name of the father, the son, and the Holy Spirit, we faithfully say Amen.

Do last rites forgive sins?

The last rites of the church was really kind of a joining of a number of things. It was a joining of what we call the sacrament of the sick, along with the visit of the priests, along with certain prayers that were done close to death whatever it may be.

In many ways it was important for people to receive the last rites just before death as a kind of anointing and preparation for burial, but also to be received into the Lord and get forgiveness for their sins.

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There was a sense that the last rites in many ways were connected with the power of the church to forgive, and that’s still there that in the celebration of the sacrament is sick, when someone is close to death if in fact they’re unconscious, there is still the sense that they could receive some of the mercy of the church through this anointing to help speed them towards the Lord and towards the forgiveness of sin.

The last rites were just in the olden rites were the call the priests the priests would come would pray would anoint and people would say, okay they’ve received the last rites they’re ready  for death or they but they’ve died and they’re ready to go on to the Lord now.

With the renewal of the church’s sacraments in a celebration with the Second Vatican Council many of these things are still retained, but they’re done in a different form, and in a sense the last rites of the church is still there but, they’re different in that the last rites of the church are connected with the last celebration of Holy Communion, what we call V Attica, or the food for the journey.

As someone is sick or as they’re progressing along through an illness or cancer, or whatever maybe the priest, or the church’s ministers will come, and hopefully be able to celebrate Mass with them, or they’ll be able to come to mass. But if they’re not they’re able to they’re brought Communion, and as communion is give it to them, following communion they receive a special prayer about may this food speed you on your journey, may it strengthen you as you make your way towards the Lord.

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There’s also a lot of wonderful prayers that we use when we visit the six who are approaching death, to help them know that the Lord is with them in their time of need, where the angels and the Saints are ready to welcome them.

These kinds of beautiful prayers, which are in fact now the last rites of the church. So, the progression in many ways for us to understand, is that there’s the celebration of the anointing the sacrament of the sick rites, then as the person weakens, or becomes even further along it looks like they’re not going to recover, there then is the celebration of the Eucharist which they’ve been receiving hopefully all along, which is now changed this additional prayer of the food for the journey, and particular prayer is for them as they journey from this life to the next and to the Lord.

The last rites are there, but it’s no longer just the sense of the priest coming in at the end and being kind of almost like a spiritual fireman, and doing an anointing and then it’s done and over.

It’s the sense of moving through the sacraments of the Church, which hopefully has been a part of the life of the person before him throughout their whole life, that will and sense be the means and the food for the journey to speed them to the heavenly kingdom, and to hopefully a good judgment for the Lord and the salvation that we all seek.