Meaning of anointing of the sick

anoint'ing of the sick'

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— Rom. Cath. Ch. Rom. Cath. Ch.
  1. 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,Also called
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