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  • Rites performed for a person in danger of dying or in connection with burial, as the Anointing of the Sick in the Roman Catholic Church.

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  • n. The catholic sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.

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  • n. a Catholic sacrament; a priest anoints a dying person with oil and prays for salvation
  • n. rites performed in connection with a death or burial


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