[quote=Dr. Colossus]I tried to post this in the Ask an Apologist forum but it timed out. I’m hoping it will work here.
This past Sunday, my parish had the Rite of Anointing of the Sick during Mass. The priest invited senior citizens, chronically infirm, and those about to undergo surgery to receive the Sacrament. A small army of parishioners (probably 40 or 50) approached the front of the church and received oil on their foreheads and palms. I had never heard of the Sacrament being given like this. Was this okay?
Also, our pastor said afterward that the Sacrament forgave all sin, just like Confession. Is this true? I had always thought that only Confession or perfect contrition could forgive mortal sin.
ALL the Sacraments are to be celebrated in the Community as much as possible. Penence services with individual celebration of the Sacrament are an example of Reconciliation taking place in the Community. Baptisms, Confirmation, Holy Orders are all public Sacraments as is Holy Communion. Even Marriage should take place with the whole parish Community invited.
Anointing of the Sick does forgive all sins for those who are unable to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation because of their condition such as being in a coma. It sounds to me that most walked down to receive this Sacrament so that would not apply to them. What should have happened is that the pastor should have announced a few weeks before. Anyone wishing to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick on Feb 6th should go to Confession on Feb 5th.