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In short, the answer is “yes,” if that is at all possible. By “last rites” is usually meant the administration of the Sacraments to the dying: namely, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), the Annointing of the Sick, and the Eucharist, commonly called the Viaticum (the “food for the journey”). (Evidently, Reconciliation and the Eucharist are given ...


St. Damien ministered to leper colonies, himself becoming infected with leprosy: One cannot modify the form or matter of a sacrament without invalidating it.

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