Anointing the Sick
“Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.” (James 5:14-15)
Anointing the sick is an ancient tradition. In ancient times, the sick were anointed with holy chrism (muron) on their deathbed. But since it is not possible to predict one’s death, the Armenian Church has combined this sacrament with that of chrismation to make sure that everyone receives the last anointment before death.
In the Armenian Church, only clergy may be anointed after death. This is done to honor them in regard to their priestly office.