By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayers of the priest the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them." [CCC 1499]
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is given to those who are seriously ill and not only for those who are at the point of death. Anyone of the faithful who begins to be in the danger of death from sickness or old age may receive this sacrament.
Viaticum, the Last Sacrament of the Christian, is offered for those who are about to leave this life. In addition to the Anointing of the sick, Eucharist is offered. Communion in the body and blood of Christ, received at this moment of "passing over" to the Father, has a particular significance and importance. It is the seed of eternal life and the power of the resurrection, according to the words of the Lord: " He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day".