Sacrament of Holy Unction

Beloved in Christ,

Tomorrow begins the Nativity Fast in anticipation of the Birth of Christ. It is a time of fasting, reflection and contemplation of the incarnation of our Lord and Savior.

It is customary for our community of Baltimore to gather in celebration of the sacrament of Holy Unction. Tomorrow, plan to join us at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (520 South Ponca Street) beginning at 6:00 p.m. For information or directions, call 410-633-5020.

Below is an explanation of the Sacrament


When one is ill and in pain, this can very often be a time of life when one feels alone and isolated. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, or Holy Unction as it is also known, remind us that when we are in pain– either physical, emotional, or spiritual, Christ is present with us through the ministry of his Church. He is among us to offer strength to meet the challenges of life, and even the approach of death.

As with Chrismation, oil is also used in this Sacrament as a sign of God’s presence, strength, and forgiveness. After the reading of seven epistle lessons, seven gospel lessons and the offering of seven prayers, which are all devoted to healing, the priest anoints the body with the Holy Oil. Orthodoxy does not view this Sacrament as available only to those who are near death. It is offered to all who are sick in body, mind, or spirit.

God bless,

Father Dean Moralis

The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation is a parish of the Metropolis of New Jersey of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, located in Baltimore, Maryland.

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