Anointing of the Sick
Part 1 Introductory Materials

Chapter s17 Bibliography

Works by Thomas Richstatter Relating to the Anointing of the Sick

Church Documents

The Sacrament of Anointing

Ministry To the Sick

Works by Thomas Richstatter Relating to the Anointing of the Sick

"Sacrament of Anointing: The Church's Prayer for the Sick," (DVD - 18 minute video program) Catholic Update Video, Franciscan Media, October 2003. Order D2093 $19.95

"Anointing the Sick: A Parish Sacrament," Catholic Update, Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, January, 1996. C0196.

"The New Rite for Anointing the Sick." Catholic Update Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1984. Text available at: http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac0196.asp

Would You Like to be Anointed? Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1987.  [I wrote this pamphlet specifically for older Catholics who are sick and should be anointed but who might be afraid of the sacrament because they still think of it in terms of Extreme Unction and preparation for death.]

Would You Like to be Anointed? (Audio cassette) Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1988.  [On this cassette I read the text of the pamphlet for those who may be too sick to read.]

Liturgical Law Today: New Style, New Spirit. Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press, 1977.

The Sacraments: The Church at Prayer. Ten, thirty minute audio cassettes. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1981.

Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy. Study Text 2: Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum (Revised Edition). Washington DC: Publications Office US;1984. [I wrote the revised edition.]

"Who Will Be Saved? A Catholic View of Salvation" Catholic Update, Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, April, 1994. C0494. Text available at: http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac0494.asp

Liturgy and Worship: Faith and Witness, A Course on Catholic Living. New York: William H. Sadlier, Inc, 1997.

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Church Documents

Paul VI, Apostolic Constitution Sacram Unctione Infirmorum, On The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, November 30, 1972

Trent, Council of, in Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils.  Volume II. Norman F. Tanner, Ed.  Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1995.

Second Vatican Council. Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.  Chapter III. Articles 73, 74, 75. [These articles give the background and context for the current rite.]

Sacra Congregatio pro Cultu Divino. Ordo Unctionis Infirmorum eorumque Pastoralis Curae. Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, Editio Typica, 7 decembris 1972. [The Latin "typical edition" of the revised rite.]

"Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum," The Rites of the Catholic Church,   Volume I. New York Pueblo, 1990.

International Commission on English in the Liturgy. National Conference of Catholic Bishops USA. The Rite of Anointing and Pastoral Care of the Sick. [Various publishers and editions], 1973.  [This is the English edition of the revised rite which was in use in the United States from January 18, 1973 until November 27, 1983. This is no longer a liturgical book in the United States. It has been replaced by the following entry in this bibliography.]

International Commission on English in the Liturgy. National Conference of Catholic Bishops USA. Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1983. ISBN 0-8146-1287-3  [I recommend this English edition of the ritual. The format and page  arrangement is more helpful than that of some other editions. "This official rite makes clear distinction between those parts of the rite intended for the sick and those reserved for the dying, and between the ideal full rite and the shortened emergency form. Printed in two colors, with three ribbon markers." Every minister of this sacrament should have read and studied carefully the Apostolic Constitution "Sacra Unctionem Infirmorum," pp 5-9, the General Introduction, pp 10-22, and the introductions to each of the rites.]

Cuidado Pastoral de los Enfermos: Ritos de la Unción y del Viático. Obra Nacional de la Buena Prensa. México, 1984. [I recommend this Spanish edition. It is the official translation of the entire text of the ICET text of 1982 and is an official liturgical book in the USA and in Mexico.]

Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy. Liturgy Document Series 3: Pastoral Care of the Sick: Introduction and Pastoral Notes. Washington DC: Publications Office USCC. 1983. $4.50.  USCC publication number 878-9. [This volume of the BCL Liturgy Document Series contains the material found in any complete ritual edition of Pastoral Care of the Sick. If you have a  ritual, you already have the major part of this document.]

Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy. Study Text 2: Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum (Revised Edition). Washington DC: Publications Office USCC. 1984. $3.95.  USCC publication number 918-1. [A general introduction to the history and theology of the sacrament. It is directed to priests and to those deacons and lay ministers who have a particular ministry to the sick.]

Paul, John II. On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering. Apostolic Letter "Salvifici Doloris,"  February 11, 1984.

Code of Canon Law, "Book IV: The Office of Sanctifying in the Church," canons 834-839; "Part I: The Sacraments," canons 840-848; "Title IV: The Sacrament of Penance," canons 960-997 [includes Indulgences]; "Title V: The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick," canons 998-1007. (= CCL)

Catechism of the Catholic Church. Washington D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1994. ISBN 1-55586-513-5. "Part Two: The Celebration of the Christian Mystery, Section One, Chapter  One: The Paschal Mystery in the Age of the Church," nn 1066-1134; Chapter Two: The Sacramental Celebration of the Paschal Mystery," nn 1135-1209. "The Sacraments of Healing," nn 1420-1532. (= CCC)

Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, "Instruction on Prayers for Healing" November 23, 2000 http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc _20001123_istruzione_en.html

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The Sacrament of Anointing

An excellent bibliography [by Joseph Martos] can be found at www.liguori.org/books/doorsbib.htm

For additional bibliography see the NCCB Committee on the Liturgy Study Text 2 and Gusmer's And You Visited Me.

Fink, Peter E.(editor). Anointing of the Sick. Volume 7 of Alternative Futures for Worship. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1987. [Partial Contents: The Human Sciences and the  Experiences of Diminishment and Dissolution; Pastoral Reflections on Healing; History of Healing in the Church; Alternative rituals, e.g. "Ritual of Healing for Families of the Terminally Ill," "Ritual of Healing for Persons in Mid-Life," "Liturgy of Healing to Replace the Blessing of Throats for the Feast of St. Blase."]

Gordon, Beverly S. Toward Acceptance: Prayers for Dealing with Chronic Illness and Disability. St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1991.

Gusmer, Charles. And You Visited Me: Sacramental Ministry to the Sick and the Dying. New York:  Pueblo, 1984. [An excellent study of the history and theology of the sacrament by one of our best contemporary sacramental theologians.]

Gusmer, Charles W. And you Visited Me: Sacramental MInistry to the Sick and the Dying.   Revised edition.  New York:  Pueblo, 1989.

Gusmer, Charles. "Penance and the Anointing of the Sick" in Kennedy, Robert J. (editor). Reconciliation: The Continuing Agenda, Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1987, pp 205-218.

Huels, John O.S.M.  "Ministry to the Sick and Dying in view of the Shortage of Priests."  Proceedings of the Sixty-Third Annual Convention 2001, pp. 127-146.

McManus, Frederick R. "Title V: The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick." Canon Law Society of America. The Code of Canon Law: A Text and Commentary. New York: Paulist Press. 1985. cc. 998-1007. Commentary pp 702 - 712. [This is much more than a commentary on the Code; the article presents a theology of the sacrament by one of the country's most respected liturgists.]

McMorrow, Kevin. "Sacraament of the Anointing of the Sick: Historical-Theological Considerations,"  American Ecclesiastical Review 169(1975) 507-521.

Martos, Joseph. Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to the Two Sacraments in the Catholic Church. Revised and updated edition. Liguori MO: Liguori/Triumph. 2001. $21.95. ISBN 0-76480718-8.

Moore, Joseph. Helping Skills; for the Nonprofessional Counselor. St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1992.

Murray Placid. "The Liturgical History of Extreme Unction," The Furrow 11(1960)572-593.

Palmer, Paul F. "Who Can Anoint the Sick?" Worship 48(1974) 81-92.

Poschmann, Bernhard. Penance and the Anointing of the Sick. Trans. Francis Country, S.J.  New York: Herder and Herder, 1964.

Woods, Susan K. S.C.L.  "Anointing of the Sick-Theological Issues."  Proceedings of the Sixty-Third Annual Convention 2001, pp. 233-254.

Ziegler, John J. Let Them Anoint the Sick. Collegeville: the Liturgical Press, 1987.

This reference contains services for healing following sexual abuse http://www.davenportdiocese.org/ddo-library/HealingPrayerLiturgyCommission.pdf

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Ministry to the Sick

Caring With Faith:  Training Ministers to the Sick .  Stories 1, 2 and 3.  Teaching segment.  Discussion.  Catholic Update Video, Order # V2071  ($39.95) St. Anthony Messenger Press 1-800-488-0488 www.AmericanCatholic.org

Robin Ryan,God and the Mystery of Human Suffering.  (Book) and also God and the Mystery of Human Suffering, Audio CD's available from Now You Know Media.

"Anointing of the Sick: Theological Issues," 63 (2001) 233-254, Susan K. Woods, SCL

John Huels,  "Ministry to the Sick and Dying in View of the Shortage of Priests," 63 (2001) 127-146

Borrelli, Susan. With Care: Reflections of a Minister to the Sick. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1980. 50 pp. $1.90. [Very readable and very practical suggestions for anyone who  undertakes a ministry for the sick.]

Susan K. Woods, "Anointing of the Sick:  Theological Issues," 63 (2001) 233-254

"Ministry to the Sick and Dying in View of the Shortage of Priests," 63 (2001) 127-146, John Huels, OSM

Champlin, Rev. Joseph M. Together by Your Side: A Book for Comforting the Sick and Dying. Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 1984.

Champlin, Rev. Joseph M. and Taylor, Susan Champlin. A Thoughtful Word, A Healing Touch: A Guide for Visiting the Sick. Twenty-Third Publications. 199?.

Glen, Genevieve (editor).  Recovering the Riches of Anointing:  A Study of the Sacrament of the Sick.  Collegeville, Minn.:  The Liturgical Press 2002.  Pages, 137.  Paper, $12.95.  ISBN: 00-8146-2775-7.   [A collection of papers from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains' international convention, May 2001.  A book review by Richard Rutherford C.S.C. can be found in Worship, 78:1 (January 2004) pp 91-94.]

Normile, Patricia. "Visiting the Sick" in Church, Summer 1992. Condensed from her book:  Visiting the Sick. St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1992.

Donald Senior, C.P. "Understanding the Gospel Healing stories" -- Single audiocassette.  A8221 $8.95.  St. Anthony Messenger Press.  www.americancatholic.org  Senior brings a new way of understanding the gospel healing stories beyond just portraying instances of Jesus' compassion and power.  Miracles and exorcisms says Senior, are stories of human liberation and inclusion.  The comprehensive scope of healing in the gospel stories can be appreciated as metaphor for the Christian mission as a whole, in which death and resurrection are seen as the ultimate healing. 

Nini Leick and Marianne Davidsen-Nielsen,  Healing Pain:  Attachment, Loss and Grief Therapy  It is co-written by a clinical psychologist and a psychotherapist/social counselor that co-direct a training program for professionals in the treatment of pathological grief in Copenhagen, Denmark. The inside cover says the following: Healing Pain investigates why the process of grief can be such a dramatic turning-point for those who undergo it, and why they can never remain as they were before. A bestseller in Scandinavia, it is based on ten years of intensive work with people affected by, or at risk from, both normal and pathological grief.

William Worden. Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy

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