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On Extreme Unction and Holy Orders - Lesson Twenty-First

Baltimore Catechism No. 1 (First Communion Catechism)


Lesson Twenty-First of the Baltimore Catechism No. 1 looks at two of the less familiar sacraments: Extreme Unction or the Sacrament of the Sick, and Holy Orders. This lesson from the First Communion Catechism contains 3 questions and answers drawn from Baltimore Catechism No. 2 (Confirmation Catechism). The numbering from Catechism No. 2 is used to make it easy to cross-reference the two catechisms.

For a detailed explanation of Lesson Twenty-First, see the introduction to Lesson Twenty-Fifth of Catechism No. 2.

For more information and links to other resources, click on each question below.

271. Q. What is the Sacrament of Extreme Unction?

A. Extreme Unction is the Sacrament which, through the anointing and prayer of the priest, gives health and strength to the soul, and sometimes to the body, when we are in danger of death from sickness.

274. Q. Which are the effects of the Sacrament of Extreme Unction?

A. The effects of Extreme Unction are: 1st, To comfort us in the pains of sickness and to strengthen us against temptation; 2d, To remit venial sins and to cleanse our soul from the remains of sin; 3d, To restore us to health, when God sees fit.

278. Q. What is the Sacrament of Holy Orders?

A. Holy Orders is a Sacrament by which bishops, priests, and other ministers of the Church are ordained and receive the power and grace to perform their sacred duties.

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