Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sacrament for the sick is growing in demand

By Manya A. Brachear

CHICAGO — Mary Ellen Segraves could sense the fear in her ailing mother Ceil’s eyes the day after her knee surgery. But when the Rev. Yaroslav Mendyuk approached her hospital bed to offer the sacrament of the sick, Segraves saw her mother light up.

Following the priest’s lead, Ceil Segraves crossed herself with a frail hand taped with tubes and closed her eyes as Mendyuk anointed her forehead and hands with oil and recited the blessing from his prayer book. Her children then surrounded her and joined hands with the priest to recite the Lord’s Prayer. Read the complete article by clicking here….

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