Theology Round Tables on the Christian Sacraments: Unction

April 29 | 10 am | Great Hall
Doyt L. Conn, Jr.
In the Book of Common Prayer (p. 861), the Sacramental Rite of Unction is described as “the rite of anointing the sick with oil, or the laying on of hands, by which God’s grace is given for the healing of the spirit, mind and body.” The primary Biblical text for this rite comes from the book of James (5:14-15), “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” Today, the Unction is an ancient rite but not as widely practice today as the other Sacramental Rites (confirmation, ordination, marriage and reconciliation) but it still is an important expression of how sacraments sustain hope and anticipate future fulfillment. Please join this round table on Sunday (4/29) as we continue to reflect on Christian sacraments.