anointing the sick

anointing of the sick

noun Roman Catholic Church.
a sacrament consisting of anointment with oil and the recitation of prayer, administered by a priest to a person who is very ill or dying.
Formerly extreme unction.
Also called last rites.


Origin:
1880–85

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anointing of the sick
 
n
RC Church Former name: extreme unction a sacrament in which a person who is seriously ill or dying is anointed by a priest with consecrated oil

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