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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.
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extreme unction

(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a former name for anointing of the sick
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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.
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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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The rite of extreme unction consists in touching with oil consecrated by a bishop several parts of the body of one engaged in dying.
"I am very glad I persuaded him to receive extreme unction tomorrow," she said, sitting in her dressing jacket before her folding looking glass, combing her soft, fragrant hair with a fine comb.
Three neighbours surrounded her when the dominie administered the Extreme Unction. Afterwards she said that she wished to speak to Fabu.
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.
In the Roman Catholic Church, there are seven solemn rites, called sacraments: baptism, confirmation, the Eucharist, matrimony, penance, holy orders and extreme unction. The church believes these sacraments were instituted by Jesus and that they confer God's grace.
On February 20, she requested for Extreme Unction, had her confession and requested, too, for the Eucharist.
Although he was instrumental in toppling down the regime of Marcos, Vidal flew to Hawaii to give the former president the Sacrament of Extreme Unction, a sacrament given to seriously ill person.
Anointing of the sick began as a ministry to people who were ill, but in the absence of modern medicine, it became a last anointing called extreme unction.
Now that he hath received the sacrament for his redemption, and then his extreme unction, Everyman gives blessings to all who counselled him to take it, and thanks God that his companions have tarried so long.
Many would die without receiving Extreme Unction, and Holy Orders would be ridiculed.
From there I moved to the sacrament called extreme unction. This one really captured my imagination.
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.

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