OF THE SICK

. Apart from its use at home for a sick person, this service is performed publicly once a year on the last Friday of Lent, two days before , using the tunes of Sundays during Lent. However, in Lower this sacrament was performed on the sixth Sunday of Lent. In , it was performed on the morning of Palm Sunday. A compromise was reached between the two traditions after the 14th century. The order for the consists of an introduction and seven or sections consisting of readings from the epistle, the gospel and , and a conclusion.

There are some similarities between the Coptic and Greek of the Unction of the Sick. However, the Coptic rite is shorter than the Greek one. R. the first publication in 1763 in Rome. Labib edited the first edition of this rite in 1909. Hence, several editions have been published since then but unfortunately the Coptic text is not always mentioned. There are many manuscripts from the Monastery of St. dated to the 14th century.

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