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viaticum

(vīăt`ĭkəm) [Lat.,=provision for a journey], in the Roman Catholic Church, Communion given to the dying by a priest. Catholics are obliged to receive the viaticum if they are able and to procure it for others. The dying person is usually confessed before receiving the viaticum but need not be fasting. The confession, viaticum, and 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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 are called the last rites of the church.
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viaticum

Eucharist given to one who is dying. [Christianity: Brewer Dictionary, 1128]
See: Death
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viaticum

Christianity Holy Communion as administered to a person dying or in danger of death
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