The mystery of holy unction (or Anointing of the Sick) provides both physical and spiritual healing with holy oil blessed by the Holy Spirit. In Greek, the mystery is called Εὐχέλαιον (Euchelaion, from εὐχή, ‘prayer’, and ἔλαιον, ‘oil’) and in Russian соборование (soborovanie), because it is traditionally celebrated by a sobor (assembly) of priests.
When one is ill and in pain, this can very often be a time of life when one feels alone and isolated. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, or Holy Unction as it is also known, reminds us that when we are in pain, either physical, emotional, or spiritual, Christ is present with us through the ministry of His Church. He is among us to offer strength to meet the challenges of life, and even the approach of death.
As with Chrismation, oil is also used in this Sacrament as a sign of God’s presence, strength, and forgiveness. After the reading of seven Epistle lessons, seven Gospel lessons and the offering of seven prayers, which are all devoted to healing, the priest anoints the body with the Holy Oil. Orthodoxy does not view this Sacrament as available only to those who are near death. It is offered to all who are sick in body, mind, or spirit.
The Sacrament of Holy Unction in our Cathedral were scheduled on April
April 8th at 7 pm
April 13th at 12 pm
April 15th at 7 pm
April 20th at 12 pm
Only 30 parishioners are allowed to the cathedral.
Please, make your registration for the service by phone:
(647) 852-2641, Victor Belous – warden.
We ask you to follow the quarantine regime: wearing masks, keeping a distance, not kissing touching icons and priest’s hand.