last rites

Definitions of last rites

n a Catholic sacrament; a priest anoints a dying person with oil and prays for salvation

anointing of the sick, extreme unction
Type of:
a formal religious ceremony conferring a specific grace on those who receive it; the two Protestant ceremonies are baptism and the Lord's Supper; in the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church there are seven traditional rites accepted as instituted by Jesus: baptism and confirmation and Holy Eucharist and penance and holy orders and matrimony and extreme unction

n rites performed in connection with a death or burial

Type of:
religious rite, rite
an established ceremony prescribed by a religion

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