Terminology - Glossary U

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UNCTION – Anointing of the sick with blessed oil, for the healing of body and soul. The gift of healing is bestowed by the Holy Spirit through the anointing, together with the prayers of the Unction service. (James 5:14, 15; 1 John 2:20.) The seventh Sacrament of Unction with Oil is a special ceremony of… Read More


UNFROCK –To deprive a priest or bishop of his Orders for a grave offense.


UNIAT -The Churches of Eastern Christendom in communion with Rome, which yet retain their respective languages, rites, and canon law in accordance with the terms of their union. The term ‘Uniat’ (Polish Unia) was first used by the opponents of the Union of Brest-Litovsk (1595). Today these churches are called Roman Catholic of the Byzantine… Read More


UNLEAVENED BREAD – Bread baked without yeast. The Jews used unleavened bread for the Passover to symbolize the fact that they had no time to wait for the yeast to rise in the bread (Ex. 12:1-20). By contrast, the bread of the New Covenant is leavened. See also LEAVENED.


UNMERCENARY – One of the various customary saint titles used in commemoration at divine services when remembering saints on the Church Calendar. saint who refused to take payment for healin.


UNSPEAKABLE GIFT – (an appellation or Title of Jesus)  “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” 2 Cor 9:15 (also: inexpressible gift)