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The Early Church Fathers on the Anointing of the Sick formerly called, Extreme Uction.


  • Early Church Fathers
  • From the Scriptures



  1. Origen of Alexandria, (A.D. 184-253)
Origen of Alexandria, (A.D. 184-253), Alexandrian; born in Egypt, philosopher, theologian, writer.

"There is also a seventh (mode of pardon) though a hard and laborious remission of sins through penitence, when the sinner washes his bed with his tears, and his tears become his bread, day and night, and when he is not ashamed to declare his sin to the priest of the Lord, and to seek a remedy according to him who saith, I said, I will confess against myself mine my injustice to the Lord. (Psalms 31) Wherein that also is fulfilled which the Apostle James saith, "But if any be sick among you, let him call in the priests of the Church, and let them impose hands on him" anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord."

T. ii. Hom. ii. in Levit. n.4 ,p. 191.
Also The Faith of Catholics, Volume 3, Page 206-207

Origen seems here to apply the text of St. James to those who are infirm, or sick from sin; but such are all sinners, whether in health or sickness. Tertullian (160-230 A.D.) mentions a Christian called Proculus, who cured the Emperor Severus of a disorder, by anointing him with oil.




The Anointing of the Sick, formerly called Extreme Uction, is the sacrament which is administered to dying persons or to people in danger of death, to strengthen them in this life or in their passage out of this life, into hopefully a better one. LIke all other sacraments, Catholics believe this sacrament was divinely instituted by Our Lord before His glorious Ascension into Heaven.


The Church's Scriptures that support the Anointing of the Sick formerly called, Extreme Uction:


After Jesus instructs the Apostles and their disciples how to evangelize, in the process they anointed with oil many that were sick.

12 And going forth they preached that men should do penance: 13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

Mark 6:12-13

The Prayer of Faith

13 Is any one among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15 and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.


James 5:14-15


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