Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Poll-Release Monday #55

Let's just pretend that I posted this on Monday like I was supposed to. Here is this week's new poll question:

True or false?: The effect of physical healing depends on the intensity of the prayers for the sick person.
What do you think? Vote in the poll in my sidebar.

As for the previous poll, here are the results:
  • True or false?: The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, when administered to a person at the point of death, is called Viaticum.
    • True: 13 (46%)
    • False: 15 (54%)
The correct answer is:
  • FALSE, cf. CCC 1517: Like all the sacraments the Anointing of the Sick is a liturgical and communal celebration (Cf. SC 27), whether it takes place in the family home, a hospital or church, for a single sick person or a whole group of sick persons. It is very fitting to celebrate it within the Eucharist, the memorial of the Lord's Passover. If circumstances suggest it, the celebration of the sacrament can be preceded by the sacrament of Penance and followed by the sacrament of the Eucharist. As the sacrament of Christ's Passover the Eucharist should always be the last sacrament of the earthly journey, the "viaticum" for "passing over" to eternal life.
The word "viaticum" is Latin; it means "a journey" or, in classical Latin, "provisions for a journey." It is the reception of Holy Communion when there is probable danger of death. Viaticum actually has its own rite, separate from the rite for Anointing of the Sick. However, since viaticum usually comes after the Anointing, people often mistakenly perceive the two as parts of a single rite. This probably explains why a lot of you all got this one wrong. Something else that a lot of people don't know is that viaticum is required of all the faithful who have reached the age of discretion.

Please Lord, if I am near death, may time permit me to receive your provisions for my journey from this life to the next!

Pax Christi,

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