In addition to a bishop, the following can bless the oil to be used in the anointing of the sick:
1. those equivalent to a diocesan bishop by law;
2. any presbyter in a case of necessity, but only in the actual celebration of the sacrament.
§1. The anointings with the words, order, and manner prescribed in the liturgical books are to be performed carefully. In a case of necessity, however, a single anointing on the forehead or even on some other part of the body is sufficient, while the entire formula is said.
§2. The minister is to perform the anointings with his own hand, unless a grave reason warrants the use of an instrument.
Pastors of souls and those close to the sick are to take care that the sick are consoled by this sacrament at the appropriate time.
The communal celebration of the anointing of the sick for many of the sick at once, who have been suitably prepared and are properly disposed, can be performed according to the prescripts of the diocesan bishop.
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