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Chiefly RC and Eastern Churches the act of anointing with oil in sacramental ceremonies, in the conferring of holy orders


(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The act of anointing a person or a ritual tool is a religio-magical rite. The anointing is done with consecrated oil, or with an herbal ointment or salve. After unction, the person or object is considered sacred. In Christianity the sacrament of "extreme unction" is administered to those near death.

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They wished to administer the sacrament of unction.
For me, the fun began before the boots were off one's feet; the muffled footfalls, the thin sound of the fountain, even the spent swathed forms upon the couches, and the whole clean, warm, idle atmosphere, were so much unction to my simpler soul.
But though this hurt my mother at the time, the humour of our experiences filled her on reflection, and in her own house she would describe them with unction, sometimes to those who had been in many hotels, often to others who had been in none, and whoever were her listeners she made them laugh, though not always at the same thing.
I'll come home sighing like a furnace, and full of the savour and unction of dear Mr.
I bless and wed you," said the painter, with comic unction, laying his hands upon the heads of the lovers.
Before you is a marble slab, which covers the Stone of Unction, whereon the Saviour's body was laid to prepare it for burial.
Mr Pancks answered, with an unction which there is no language to convey, 'We rather think so.
Not at all caring for, and indeed as it seems to me rather enjoying,' said Fledgeby, with peculiar unction, 'the precious kick-up and row that will come off between Mr Twemlow and the said great party?
Most recently, that proactive thrust was best exemplified by comedienne and TV program host Eugene Domingo's decision to suddenly 'go dramatic,' by way of her intense portrayal of a suicidal woman in Marsha Norman's searing play, ''Night, Mother,' at the Peta Theater Center this month, with Sherry Lara playing her mother, who tries with similar unction to keep her from ending it all.
Pope Francis (L) and Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew kneel to kiss the Stone of Unction, traditionally claimed as the stone where Jesus' body was prepared for burial, in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem May 25, 2014.
On February 19 she requested for the hospital chaplain to hear her confession, give her communion and administer extreme unction because she will die the next day.
My birthday wish: that his good works and the forces of good combine under the unction of the Lord to s him a worthy successor who would raise the barometer of governance further than Ajimobi did.