Anointing the sick: a parish pastor poses questions of James 5:14-16
K Roy Nilson
This project proposes that anointing of the sick, as prescribed in James 5:14-16, should become a part of Christian ministry to the sick. From exegesis of this text the project discusses the person who ministers, the process of ministry (anointing with oil and prayer), the prognosis of ministry (saving and healing), and patients who should receive this ministry. The meaning of anointing the sick, its nonsacramental nature, the action-vocabulary of the church, and issues of pastoral implementation are essential parts of the required catechetical task of preparation for anointing the sick.
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