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Anointing of the Sick
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I. Catholicism – II. Orthodox Church

I. Catholicism

The practice of NT congregations attested in Jas 5:14f., that the elders of the congregation called upon the sick in their homes in order to pray over them and anoint them with oil (Anointing) so that the prayer could unfold its power to heal the body, to lift up the soul, and, if need be, to forgive sin (Sickness and healing: III) traces back to the commission and authority given the disciples by Jesus to heal the sick (Luke 9:1) by laying hands on the…

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Kaczynski, Reiner and Ivanov, Vladimir, “Anointing of the Sick”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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