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what is the difference between last rites and Viaticum and extreme unction

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:10 AM on Jan. 28, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Last rites is a collection of rites and sacraments (that's why it's plural). It usually consists of the Sacrament of Confession, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick (which use to be known as extreme unction), and Holy Communion. When Holy Communion is giving as part of the Last Rites it's called 'Viaticum" which is Latin for "provision for a journey". Viaticum is seens as the food to strenghten a dying person for the journey from this world to life after death.


    Answer by eringobrough at 12:39 AM on Jan. 28, 2010

  • Erin explained it perfectly. I also remember from my RCIA class that the Church was trying to get people away fromt he idea that the Anointing of the Sick was only for the dying, and that's why they don't call it last rites anymore.

    Answer by gdiamante at 1:09 AM on Jan. 28, 2010

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