Extreme Unction is the Sacrament which, through the anointing and prayer of the
priest, gives health and strength to the soul, and sometimes to the body, when
we are in danger of death from sickness.
We should receive Extreme Unction when we are in danger of death from sickness,
or from a wound or accident.
We should not wait until we are in extreme danger before we receive Extreme
Unction, but if possible we should receive it whilst we have the use of our
The effects of Extreme Unction are:
comfort us in the pains of sickness and to strengthen us against
remit venial sins and to cleanse our soul from the remains of sin;
restore us to health, when God sees fit.
By the remains of sin I mean the inclination to evil and the weakness of the
will which are the result of our sins, and which remain after our sins have
We should receive the Sacrament of Extreme Unction in the state of grace, and
with lively faith and resignation to the will of God.
Holy Orders is a Sacrament by which bishops, priests, and other ministers of
the Church are ordained and receive the power and grace to perform their sacred
To receive Holy Orders worthily it is necessary to be in the state of grace, to
have the necessary knowledge and a divine call to this sacred office.
Christians should look upon the priests of the Church as the messengers of God
and the dispensers of His mysteries.
Bishops can confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders.