Dormition of the Mother of God
Orthodox Monastery
Rives Junction, Michigan

Holy Unction

Holy Unction, the anointing with oil of those suffering in body or in soul, occurs within a beautiful service, and one which is not so frequently served in the parish life of this country. At the Monastery we strive to serve it monthly (except in December).  As a sacrament of the Orthodox Church, the anointing with the Holy Oil is for those who have entered the Church through Holy Baptism and Chrismation and live a life accountable to the Church through regular participation in Confession, Holy Liturgy, and Communion. 

2019 Unction Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, services begin at 6pm and are followed by a light lenten meal.

  • Friday, January, 25th
  • Friday, February, 22nd
  • Friday, March 22nd
  • Wednesday, April 24th, 2pm
  • Friday, May 24th
  • Friday, June 21st
  • Friday, July 12th
  • Thursday, August 15th, 2:30pm
  • Friday September 20th
  • Friday, October 18th
  • Friday, November 22nd
  • No Holy Unction service in December.

"Is anyone among you suffering?

Let him pray.


Is anyone cheerful?

Let him sing psalms.


Is anyone among you sick?

Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  


And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.


And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  


Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.


The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much."

(James 5:13-16)