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The Order of Unction


The mystery of unction, administered to the sick and the penitent who demand it, has an order consisting of five services concerning forgiveness and repentance, recited by the priest over the oil used for anointing the sick. Another short order, comprising a ḥusoyo (propitiatory prayer), one lesson from the Gospels and a few verses of prayers recited over the sick, is still preserved in the village of Hafar.


Source: Barsoum, Ignatius Aphram. The Scattered Pearls: A History of Syriac Literature and Sciences. Translated by Matti Moosa. 2nd revised. Piscataway, New Jersey: Gorgias Press, 2003, 84.