While presenting the rites, it also responds to a certain number of pastoral questions concerning the celebration of this sacrament. The third chapter deals with communion and viaticum and is followed in the fourth chapter by an order for the sick in danger of death. This corresponds to an enlarged conception of sacramentality, which along the lines of K. Rahner or E. Schillebeeckx would include the sacraments in particular in a sacramental order in which Christ and the Church constitute the two foundational poles.
It is the sick person who is made a partner of the community in a sacramental order which goes beyond the administration of a particular sacrament. The Meaning of a Recent Transformation. In fact, the Second Vatican Council did not only renew the term onctio infirmorum in preference to extrema unction , 67 but also recommended the sequence of penance, anointing, and eucharist. Like all the sacraments the Anointing of the Sick is a liturgical and communal celebration. If circumstances suggest it, the celebration of the sacrament can be preceded by the sacrament of Penance and followed by the sacrament of the Eucharist.
While the eucharist in viaticum is clearly presented as the sacrament of the dying, the sacrament of the sick is a celebration of the Church, which associates the sick with the Passover of Christ and thus grants them strength and support to face their sickness. The basic reference for this renewed practice is to be found in n. By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of her priests the whole Church commends the sick to the suffering and glorified Lord, asking that He may lighten their suffering and save them cf. Jas ; she exhorts them, p.
Rom ; Col ; 2 Tim ; 1 Pet This brief but complex text finds its place in a wider discussion of the common priesthood of the faithful in the sacraments. This vision that is based on a theology of the paschal mystery reestablishes the sick person in the Christian community while the contemporary medical context tends very often to isolate him, even physically.
Psaume Et tu me donnes la force du buffle; Je suis arrosé avec une huile fraîche.
The end of Lumen Gentium n. Fortified by so many and such powerful means of salvation, all the faithful, whatever their condition or state, are called by the Lord, each in his own way, to that perfect holiness whereby the Father Himself is perfect. The Ritual and Bodily Healing. The celebration of the anointing of the sick unfolds as a journey comprising four elements, as P. The celebration continues by a liturgy of the Word 74 which unfolds in a litany, 75 then by the anointing of the sick which includes two fundamental acts: the imposition of hands and the anointing.
The French-speaking ritual offers four schemas corresponding to four different pastoral situations 79 that imply some variants concerning the order of the ritual, notably concerning the place of the litany. It is not our intention to review the entire ritual. The prayer of blessing the oil is a reprise of the ancient prayer Emitte ; it is reserved normally to the bishop and is included in the order of the chrism mass, but can be said in case of necessity for blessing the oil.
This prayer is of great importance because it fulfills the same function as the blessing of water for baptism. The Latin sacramental formula which accompanies the anointing— Per istam sanctam Unctionem et suam piissiamam misericordiam, adiuvet te Dominus gratia Spiritus Sancti. Ut a peccatis liberatum to salvet atque propitious allevet. Thus, having been freed from your sins, may he save you and raise you up. We find the theme of healing in the prayer which follows the anointing. The French-speaking ritual offers six choices for the prayers, in view of the particular situation of the sick person.
These prayers are for the most part new creations. Healing or strengthening given to the person comes first. The forgiveness of sins is certainly not forgotten, but the rediscovery of the sacraments for the sick has allowed a rebalancing of thought in the direction of a preparation for life, whereas the notion of extreme unction had led us to consider it almost exclusively from the penitential point of view.
In addition, like every sacrament, the anointing of the sick includes a communitarian dimension, regardless of its mode of celebration. But the invitation to celebrate it within a eucharistic celebration is one of its major signs. In this, the p. It is in this light that one can understand the importance given to the ministry of the priest in a celebration: it underlines the strong ecclesial weight of this celebration, an ecclesiological dimension which must be seen in the context of the poor and the sick who are the first recipients of the Good News.
We are here rather far from the model developed by Bonaventure. Conclusion: An Attempt at Updating. What is at Stake. In this research we should have been able to consider also an example from the first millennium, notably from the patristic period. If we have preferred to omit this supplementary investigation, it is for several reasons—first of all, of course, our limited time. Then for the reasons of the complexity of the hermeneutic of the literature of the first millennium on this point, a period where neither the sacraments, nor sickness, nor healing would be considered with the same criteria as today.
We can note here, following P. Gy, that the ancient church, at least according to the letter to Decentius of Gubbio , seems not to have known any sacramental formula accompanying the anointing. Finally, it is necessary to take into account the fact that it is in the middle of the twelfth century that one begins to see the emergence of sacramental doctrine and that the concern for coherence in the subject favored our omission of a patristic model.
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We must add that we have made a parallel between the medieval theological model of Bonaventure and a contemporary liturgical model, but which has its sources in much older strata of the Tradition as we saw, for example, with the prayer for the blessing of oil. One must not, however, judge one in the light of the other.
Sacramental theology in the Roman Catholic world is often caught between doctrinal pronouncements of the past which received a canonical status at the Council of Trent and the liturgical practices that the Second Vatican Council renewed in drawing on the treasures of the practices of the first millennium. On the topic that concerns us, it seems to me possible to conclude that there is tension between ritual practice and received theology. On one hand, in the line of the solicitude of Jesus toward the sick, the ritual considers bodily healing as the first goal of the celebration in so far as it is the sign of salvation realized for the sick person but also for the Christian community which surrounds him.
Hence the tendency to give to the sacrament the first goal of salvation, but salvation understood under the angle of the remission of sins, to the degree that theology was constructed at a time when the sacrament was lived under the model of extreme unction. This tension makes it a delicate task to take into account the questions currently raised by the evolution of medicine in the contemporary world, questions which lead one not only to challenge the efficacy of medical techniques but also to consider the sick person as a complete being, and to consider him in his globality.
In a bestselling book, Professor David Servan-Schreiber, doctor and specialist in the cognitive neurosciences, 95 recalls how he found himself questioned by p. In the course of the following months and years, I learned to open my spirit to numerous other ways of caring, and I discovered, to my great surprise, that they were not only more natural and more gentle, but also often more effective. But for the sacramental theologian, the question resides less in the diagnosis of failure than in the way chosen by the researcher to exit from it.
This book describes the different components of this program, why we have chosen them, and how we have used them. The basic question can thus at the end of our study be reformulated in the following way: How are the Christian sacraments important for a world waiting for healing? In what and how do the Christian sacraments contribute specifically to this work of healing claimed not only as an essential dimension of the Christian vision of salvation but also as a possible way for the contemporary search for health?
A Continuing Reserve in Contemporary Theology. Yet when one considers contemporary theological writing on the sacrament of the sick, it seems that a real constraint remains when it is a question of envisaging p. We can see it in considering the proposals of some recent theologians. In the same period, Claude Ortemann concluded his book on the sacrament of the sick with an essay on its theological significance.
He does so in the wake of the work of L. In all these three writers, it is striking that the question of healing is eluded to the profit of the consideration of the relation of the sick person himself, the relation between healing and salvation, or the meaning of healing. One can think that these accents are shared by most French-speaking theologians today.
Toward Healing Communities. In France, currently, a good number of new communities, notably those that are connected with the charismatic movement, are developing services of healing, but to my knowledge at least, outside of charismatic circles themselves, the relationship between healing services and sacramental theology has benefited very little from taking these experiences seriously. It was a matter of better understanding how the question was posed in the past and how it works in the current ritual. I hope I have clarified a little how it is possible to think about it today, in a context of transformation of the manifestations of healing, of medicine, and of sacraments.
In effect, in a world dominated by the media which tends to promote personal charisms of healing, attention to the sacramental question can help not only to avoid so many deviations towards gurus and charlatans, but also allow the church, our communities, to become anew the sign of Christ who heals by way of human instruments. N OTES. The Edinburgh Conference , the following missionary conferences, as well as the WCC assemblies and several major ecumenical consultations have raised the issue on a larger or smaller scale. For more than two decades, the CMC played a significant role in reminding the churches of the crucial importance of healing for the mission of the Church and by challenging them to take it more seriously.
Between and , the number of the baptisms went from , to ,, that of the marriages from , to ,, and that of the confirmations from 91, to 58, Luke ; Villette, Foi et sacrement , vol.
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Poschmann, ; on the letter of Innocent I, cf. Extreme Unction should be received when the illness is dangerous, and after the sick person has received, if possible, the sacraments of Penance and the Blessed Eucharist; it is even well to receive it while he has the use of his senses, and has still some hope of recovery. For through baptism we are horn again of the spirit; through confirmation we grow in grace and are strengthened in the faith; and when we have been horn again and strengthened we are fed by the divine food of the mass; but if, through sin, we bring sickness upon our souls, we are made spiritually whole by penance; and by extreme unction we are healed, both spiritually and corporeally, according as our souls have need; by ordination the Church is governed and multiplied spiritually; by matrimony it is materially increased.
Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra Gentiles 4. Bonaventure, Breviloquium , Pars VI, ch. Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra Gentiles , 4. For the thing signified is the grace of the Holy Ghost whose anointing takes away the sins if there he any still to be expiated, and also the remains of sin and raises up and strengthens the soul of the sick person by exciting in him great confidence in the divine mercy, supported by which the sick one hears more lightly the miseries and pains of his illness and resists more easily the temptations of the devil who lies in wait for his heel Gen ; and at times when expedient for the welfare of the soul restores bodily health.
Lacoste Paris: PUF, , here I Paris: Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae , llla, qu. See J. The commentary was written in Paris in the years IV Sent. I II, : Samaritanus enim, vulnerato appropians, curationi eius Sacramento rum alligamenta adhihuit, quia contra peccati originalis et actualis vulnera Sacramentorum remedia Deus instituit. See also J.
Manhes and J. Deremble and C. Deremble-Manhes and J. On this point, Bonaventure remains rather close to biblical and patristic anthropology. RR, nn. RR, n. Car vous n'aimez jamais le cadeau plus que son donneur. Tremble oh Ezra Caleb, Tremble. Tremble Ezra Caleb, Tremble. Ne souhaites-tu pas sauver ton peuple?
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