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The Service of Holy Unction (Holy Wednesday)

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone 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. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. - James 5:13-15

The whole earth is full of Your mercy, O Master. Therefore, in faith we beseech You, that You will bestow Your mercy which passes understanding on us who today shall be anointed with Your divine and precious Oil. - Canon from the Unction Service