Unction: what is it?
Many of you have probably heard of such a concept as unction. What it is? Unction - this is the sacrament of calling the healing of God's grace, which is carried out through the anointing of the body with oil. The sacrament is so named because it must be performed by the “council” of the seven priests.
Forgiveness of sins and healing
Healing and forgiveness of their sins are possible through unction or unction. What it is? What sins are we talking about? Every person is sinful, and when he comes to confession he repents of his sins. But we commit acts that we do not consider to be bad, or, having committed them, we forget about them, but they continue to carry our soul. So, during an unction, under the condition of complete repentance, a person is cleared of such unmentioned sins.
As for recovery, it happened more than once during the unction, however, one cannot rely on anointing as a kind of magic ritual guaranteeing recovery.
History of the Unction
The sacrament of the unction has gospel roots, it was determined by Christ himself.According to the Gospel, even before the Savior's golgothic torments, such a sacred rite took place, it helped the sick both spiritually and physically. Information about this Sacrament of the Unification is available in the Epistle of the Apostle James, and in the Epistle from Mark.
To find out what unification in a church is, you need to talk about its rank (order of execution). The procedure for the performance of anointing after snow changed over the course of several centuries, and only in the fifteenth century did it become more fixed. Unification consists of several stages, but little is known about them. The first stage is the thanksgiving of water and oil, a prayer for more. This is some request for a blessing from God. In the fourth century, the consecration of the oil was done by the bishop. In the eighth century, a more detailed sequence of prayers was formed.
In Orthodoxy, by the way, the consecration is not dogmatized, as one of the 7 sacraments, it is rather a Western theological tradition, which is included in our textbooks.
The Sacrament of the Unification has two options. We have already figured out what is the unction in the church, but there is another unction that is held at home, over the sick.
Do you often need to pass this sacrament? Usually, they resort to him once a year, but, naturally, the person himself must realize that he needs healing. After the unction, it is advisable for a person to go to confession and take communion.
The consecration should be performed by 7 priests, but it is considered valid and with fewer of them. In the beginning, excerpts from the New Testament, from the Gospel are read, then a litany is pronounced (an appeal to God in prayers pronounced by the deacon on behalf of the worshipers) with the names of the names accepting the sacrament. Then a prayer is read for the consecration of the oil and the anointing itself is performed.
During the anointing of the priest, the prayer "Father, Holy One, doctor of souls and bodies ..." is pronounced. The second priest begins to participate in the sacrament, and a similar cycle occurs again. Everything is repeated 7 times. At the end, the Gospel is laid on the heads of those participating in the sacrament with the final prayer recited. Believers can pick up the remaining oil after the service and use it to anoint the house. The same oil is also used during the burial of a Christian - it pours out into a coffin before closing it.