Anointing the Sick

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If a sick person is not able to come to church, and yet wishes to receive Holy Communion, the priest shall then take the Holy Eucharist to the sick person's home, wearing a stole around his neck with a cuff on his right
hand. For the honor of the Holy Mysteries, the place where the sick person is lying must be thoroughly cleansed. Two candles must be prepared in order to be lit when the Holy Eucharist is given to the sick person and a glass filled with ordinary water for the priest to wash his fingers after he administers the Holy Communion to the sick person. As the priest walks through the streets, he must recite the following Psalms:

Have mercy upon me, O God...(Psalm 51)
O God, You are my God; on You I wait... (Psalm 63)
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims His handiwork... (Psalm 19)
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the heights... (Psalm 148)