extreme unction


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extreme unction:

see anointing of the sickanointing of the sick,
sacrament of the Orthodox Eastern Church and the Roman Catholic Church, formerly known as extreme unction. In it a sick or dying person is anointed on eyes, ears, nostrils, lips, hands, feet, and sometimes, in the case of men, the loins, by a priest while
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extreme unction

Roman Catholic sacrament given to a person in danger of dying. [Christianity: RHD, 506]
See: Death

extreme unction

(last rites) anointing at the hour of death, sacrament of Orthodox Church and Roman Catholic Church. [Christianity: NCE, 689]
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The ritual of Extreme Unction is rigorously anaphoric.
Thomas stipulates that the organs of generation--the most obvious source of erotic pleasure--are to be excluded from the anointing during the ritual of Extreme Unction "on account of their uncleanliness, and out of respect for the sacrament" (Suppl.
In its present form, the work covers the sacraments of matrimony, holy orders, penance, and extreme unction in that (comparatively uncommon) order.
Anyone who revived after receiving Extreme Unction (last rites) was in for more of a shock than their families.
to read the princess what are known as the last rites, a church sacrament formerly called extreme unction.
Roman Catholic priests may administer the sacraments of confession, the eucharist and extreme unction to sick members of the Eastern churches (para.
This sacrament was once called extreme unction (meaning final anointing) because it had, over time, come to be reserved for the dying.
Through his administration of the sacraments--baptism, marriage, and extreme unction, among others--he helped to mark the critical moments in the individual and collective life cycle.
The sacrament, which was formerly called extreme unction, can be received more than once.
Extreme unction took a wide variety of forms over the ages.

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