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Anne van Tilburg wrote:

Hi, guys —

Today I went to Mass where the Anointing of the Sick was celebrated. The priest however, did not lay his hands on the people; he only anointed them with oil.

  • Was this a valid sacrament?

Yours Sincerely,


  { Is the administration of the Anointing of the Sick valid if the priest doesn't lay his hands on them? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Anne —

What matters is the matter and the form. According to:

The matter is the oil and the laying on of hands by the celebrant and the form is the prayers of the priest or bishop. The priest or bishop will pray in silence and then anoint the sick person with oil.

It's possible that if the oil is administered with the hand, this would count as laying on of hands, but I'm not really competent to judge. As this is a question affecting sacramental validity, I'm hesitant to make a definitive judgment.

You might call your diocese for a more authoritative answer.


Anne replied:

Thank you all for your answers.


Anne van Tilburg

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