last rites


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Recent Examples on the Web All that remained was for the reporters and anchors to trek out to Wyoming and perform last rites. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, 18 Aug. 2022 Cathedral in New York to administer last rites to a dying Babe Ruth in 1948? New York Times, 31 July 2022 Firefighters from Ladder 24 salute during the funeral ceremony on Sept. 15, 2001, for Fr. Mychal Judge, who died in the World Trade Center bombing while giving last rites to firemen at the scene. Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune, 26 June 2022 Members of the Indian Army were seen performing the last rites during Lidder's funeral at Delhi's Brar Square crematorium on Friday. Esha Mitra, Vedika Sud And Rhea Mogul, CNN, 10 Dec. 2021 Only priests could baptize, ordain, perform the sacrament of the Eucharist and give last rites. Lisa Bitel, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Mar. 2022 Essig pushed the perimeter back to accommodate a growing number of personnel: police, fire, medical, heads of buildings and hospitals and at least two priests to deliver last rites. Jamie Lauren Keiles Ismail Muhammad Kim Tingley Benoit Denizet-lewis Sam Anderson Jazmine Hughes Irina Aleksander Sasha Weiss Rowan Ricardo Phillips Stella Bugbee Michael Paterniti Maggie Jones Robert Draper Rob Hoerburger Jason Zengerle Reginald Dwayne Betts Jane Hu David Marchese Hanif Abdurraqib Jenna Wortham Anthony Giardina Niela Orr Amy X. Wang, New York Times, 25 Dec. 2021 The last rites for all the other deceased military personnel were also given appropriate military honors. Rhea Mogul And Vedika Sud, CNN, 15 Dec. 2021 That means the patient inside has received last rites from a Catholic priest, and is not expected to survive. NBC News, 6 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of last rites

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of last rites was in 1611

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1 Sep 2022

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“Last rites.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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