Anointing the Sick

   The anointing of the sick with oil as recommended in St. James 5:14 and 15, has generally prevailed in the Universal Church and came to be called "Extreme Unction." There was an office for its use in the Prayer Book of 1549, but it was omitted in subsequent revisions because its use in most parts of the Church had become mechanical and confined to dying persons. The rite has been restored in some places on the authority of individual Bishops as a Scriptural practice. A Scottish Bishop calls it "the lost pleiad of the Anglican firmament," and says, "one must at once confess and deplore that a distinctly Scriptural practice has ceased to be commanded in the Church of England, for no one can doubt that a sacramental use of anointing the sick has been from the beginning."

American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. — New York, Thomas Whittaker. . 1901.

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  • Anointing of the Sick — is distinguished from other forms of religious anointing or unction (an older term with the same meaning) in that it is intended, as its name indicates, for the benefit of a sick person. Other religious anointings occur in relation to other… …   Wikipedia

  • Anointing of the Sick (Catholic Church) — Anointing of the Sick is the ritual anointing of a sick person and is a Sacrament of the Catholic Church. It is also described, using the more archaic synonym unction in place of anointing , as Unction of the Sick or Extreme Unction. [The Council …   Wikipedia

  • Anointing of the Sick — • A sacrament to give spiritual aid and comfort and perfect spiritual health, including, if need be, the remission of sins, and also, conditionally, to restore bodily health, to Christians who are seriously ill Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Anointing of the Sick — n. R.C.Ch. a sacrament in which a priest anoints with oil and prays for a person dying, in danger of death, or otherwise critically ill, infirm, or disturbed …   English World dictionary

  • Anointing of the Sick —    One of the seven sacraments, this anointing with oil blessed by a bishop is administered to a personduring a time of serious illness, prior to a serious medical procedure, or in danger of death. The Anointing of the Sick, which is administered …   Glossary of theological terms

  • anointing of the sick — anoint′ing of the sick′ n. rel 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 …   From formal English to slang

  • anointing of the sick — noun a Catholic sacrament; a priest anoints a dying person with oil and prays for salvation • Syn: ↑extreme unction, ↑last rites • Hypernyms: ↑sacrament * * * : extreme unction * * * Rom. Cath. Ch. a sacrament consisting of anointment with oil… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Anointing of the Sick — (in the Roman Catholic Church) the sacramental anointing of the ill or infirm with blessed oil; unction. → anoint …   English new terms dictionary

  • Anointing of the Sick — noun A Catholic sacrament in which a priest anoints a sick or dying person with oil and prays for his salvation …   Wiktionary

  • anointing of the sick — noun Roman Catholic Church a sacrament administered by the application of holy oils to a person who is suffering a serious illness, to bring spiritual and even physical strength to the sufferer …   Australian English dictionary


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