Anointing of the Sick
Part 4 The Ritual: 
Pastoral Care of the Sick

Chapter s47 Prayers for the Dead

Preliminary Questions

Bibliography

Theology

To Think About

Preliminary Questions

Why is there a section of "Prayers for the Dead" in the ritual book for the "Pastoral Care of the Sick"?  Basically because it is sometimes the case that when the priest is called to anoint a sick person, he arrives to find that the person has already died, or perhaps the person dies while the priest is there.  Usually the priest will have brought along his ritual for the "Pastoral Care of the Sick" and therefore ICEL and the USCCB decided to include prayers for the dead in the ritual book so that the priest/minister would have appropriate prayers for this pastoral circumstance.   Formerly, the priest would administer Extreme Unction "conditionally"; however, today the ritual provides us with prayers that are more pastorally appropriate for the dead and bereaved. 

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Bibliography

 

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Theology

At the time of the reformation, the doctrine of indulgences was perhaps "over preached" to lead some to find that the balance "faith / works" was disturbed.   The eternal salvation of the just is due to the eternal love of God, who loves each person "as a Father loves his children."  We do not "buy" salvation by good works, prayers, multiplication of Masses, indulgences and/or suffrages for the dead. 

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To Think About

Why do we pray for the dead?  What good does it do?  Is it for us or for them or for God?

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