extreme unction

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extreme unction

n. Roman Catholic Church
The sacramental anointing of a person in immediate danger of death. The term was discarded in 1972 with the establishment of the more general sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.

extreme unction

(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a former name for anointing of the sick

anoint′ing of the sick′

a sacrament consisting of anointment with oil and the recitation of prayer by a priest to a person who is critically ill or dying. Also called extreme unction.

Extreme Unction

 of undertakers—Lipton, 1970.
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Noun1.extreme unction - a Catholic sacramentextreme unction - a Catholic sacrament; a priest anoints a dying person with oil and prays for salvation
sacrament - a formal religious ceremony conferring a specific grace on those who receive it; the two Protestant ceremonies are baptism and the Lord's Supper; in the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church there are seven traditional rites accepted as instituted by Jesus: baptism and confirmation and Holy Eucharist and penance and holy orders and matrimony and extreme unction
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Three neighbours surrounded her when the dominie administered the Extreme Unction.
Extreme unction had been administered to the cardinal, who, faithful to his habits of dissimulation, struggled against appearances, and even against reality, receiving company in his bed, as if he only suffered from a temporary complaint.
From there I moved to the sacrament called extreme unction.
Many would die without receiving Extreme Unction, and Holy Orders would be ridiculed.
Underscoring this connection, the phrase THE DOUBLE SESSION was also scrawled on one of the dark lacquered pieces of wood on the floor in Extreme Unction, one of the "Sacraments," in Bristol.
Extreme unction being denied, I had to make do with Mrs Banks's laying-on of handfuls of ice and soothing lotion as I recalled from my childhood a more poetic condemnation of the striped stinger penned by Dylan Thomas in A Child's Christmas in Wales.
Though the sight of a priest performing a ritual combining hieratic gestures and incantatory language is apt to recall any number of liturgical rites, I submit that Boccaccio had a specific ritual in mind, that of Extreme Unction.
The sportsman reportedly received Extreme Unction, an older term for the sacrament of the 'Anointing of the Sick', wherein a priest applied olive oil on the forehead and hands while reciting prayers, to bless him.
A Vatican spokesman said he was given the Viaticum - the Holy Communion given to Roman Catholics in danger of death - followed by the last sacrament of Extreme Unction.
The sacrament of Extreme Unction cannot be administered by the laity.

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