"I was sick and you visited Me."
"To visit the sick" is an important corporal work of mercy.
Especially for a priest. Our Blessed Lord spent a lot of time
with the sick. However your priests are not 'all knowing':
and 'all present'. It is therefore an important apostolate
of the laity:
a) To tell the
priest who is bed- or home- or hospital-ridden.
In the weeks preceding or following Christmas and especially
Easter, prepare those who cannot make it to the Church, the
sick, the infirm, the elderly for their duty to receive Our Lord (especially
during Easter time) and notify the priest.
b) To prepare the sick for the visit of the priest when possible.
In case of necessity, do not wait, call the priest, doctor
of souls, at the same time as the medical doctor. If there
is a real danger, do not hesitate to ring him at any time, day or
See below what preparation is required for the visit of the priest
to someone who is sick.
this card at a prominent place, easy to find.
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for a sick call
Prepare the soul. Prepare the soul by a preparation
adapted to the person's age, character, habits, receptivity, health.
A great discretion and a true spirit of faith are necessary along
with gentle kindness for the sick. The easiest means suitable
to everyone and everywhere is to suggest to the sick a short prayer
and to say it with him; better still, to have it said for him in
a high voice, near him by the younger children of the family, if
there are any.
Prepare the room. God is coming into the house. He
must be honoured. To receive Him in an untidy room, neglected
or dirty is a lack of attention. In the hall way, on the bed
of the sick, all must be tidy, seemly.
It is inappropriate to disappear when the priest arrives; he does
sometimes witness the inhabitants withdraw as if shy or embarrassed.
The persons present must receive worthily the adorable Guest, carried
in silence by His sacred minister. Men should uncover their
heads, while women veil theirs, and accompany Him with a blessed
candle, lit, in the already prepared room. They then associate
themselves respectfully with the prayers recited by the priest.
They leave the room only if the sick person wants to make his confession.
Prepare a table with all the required objects.
Take a table
other than the night table, larger, covered with a clean white cloth.
The table should be located in a place as to be easily seen by the
sick person. On it there must be:
1. A standing
When the Priest arrives at the door
greet him in silence, holding in your hands a blessed candle
lit and lead him to the room of the sick.
two blessed candles already lit.
3. A glass
or dish with holy water and a palm or little branch used
to sprinkle the holy water.
4. A glass
of ordinary water to purify the priest's fingers.
flowers may decorate the table.
If the Sacrament of Extreme Unction is to be administered,
there should also be a small plate or bowl with six cotton buds,
one or two slices of white bread and a slice of lemon. The
cotton buds are to wipe the unctions on the sick, the bread and
the lemon are to purify the priest's fingers. Afterwards the
cotton buds, bread and lemon must be burned.
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