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According to the Baltimore Catechism, the following preparations should traditionally be made...

Q. What things should be prepared in the sick room when the priest is coming to give the last Sacraments?

A. When the priest is coming to give the last Sacraments, the following things should be prepared: A table covered with a white cloth; a crucifix; two lighted candles in candlesticks; holy water in a small vessel, with a [clean] small piece of palm for a sprinkler; a glass of clean water; a tablespoon and a napkin or cloth to be placed under the chin of the one receiving the Viaticum. Besides these, if Extreme Unction is also to be given, there should be some cotton and a small piece of bread or lemon to purify the priest's fingers.

Q. What else is to be observed about the preparation for the administration of the last Sacraments?

A. The further preparation for the administration of the last Sacraments requires that out of respect for the Sacraments, and in particular for the presence of Our Lord, everything about the sick room, the sick person and even the attendants, should be made as neat and clean as possible. Especially should the face, hands and feet of the one to be anointed be thoroughly clean.

Note: It is also recommended to ask the priest regarding proper preparations. One might also ensure that the priest gives the apostolic blessing (with the attached plenary indulgence) to someone in danger of death.


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