Traditional Anointing of Dying Persons Body and Novus Anointing

I wish to show how in the anointing of the dying person, the eyes, ears, nose, hands and feet are anointed.  In the new rite only the forehead and hands are anointed.  The prayers accompanying the anointing are very explicit about the sins we have committed with the members of our body.

rolando di gaetani 2010Invocation of the Trinity and Anointings

First the priest extends his right hand over the head of the sick person, saying:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; may any power the devil has over you be destroyed by the laying-on of our hands and by calling on the glorious and blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, her illustrious spouse, St. Joseph, and all holy angels, archangels, patriarchs, prophets, apostles, martyrs, confessors, virgins, and all the saints.

All: Amen.

Next he dips his thumb in the holy oil, and anoints the sick person in the form of a cross on all bodily members indicated below, pronouncing in each instance the respective form as follows

Anointing the Eyes (on the eyelids)

By this holy anointing and by His most tender mercy may the Lord forgive you all the evil you have done through the power of sight.

All: Amen.

Anointing the Ears (on the lobes)

By this holy anointing and by His most tender mercy may the Lord forgive you all the evil you have done through the power of hearing.

All: Amen.

Anointing the Nose (on each nostril)

By this holy anointing and by His most tender mercy may the Lord forgive you all the evil you have done through the sense of smell.

All: Amen.

Anointing the Mouth (on closed lips)

By this holy anointing and by His most tender mercy may the Lord forgive you all the evil you have done through the sense of taste and the power of speech.

All: Amen.

Anointing the Hands (on the palms)

By this holy anointing and by His most tender mercy may the Lord forgive you all the evil you have done through the sense of touch.

All: Amen.

Note as said above that priests are anointed on the back of the hands, not on the palms.

Anointing the Feet (either on the instep or sole)

By this holy anointing and by His most tender mercy may the Lord forgive you all the evil you have done through the ability to walk.

All: Amen.

This is the new anointing.

Anointing

First he anoints the forehead saying:

Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit.   R. Amen

Then he anoints the hands, saying

May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.

R. Amen
There has been another paradigm switch from healing of the soul to just healing of the body which can be seen in the prayer over the holy oils at the Chrism Mass.