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(Lat., provision for a journey).
Holy Communion given to those in danger of death. It may be received at any
hour of the day or night, not fasting, and so often as may be required during
the same illness. If it is given at the same time as
Extreme Unction, its administration precedes that sacrament. It is given
with the words, 'Receive, brother, the viaticum of our Lord Jesus Christ, that
he may preserve thee from the malignant enemy and bring thee to everlasting
life. Amen.' The same form is used when a soldier receives communion on or going
to the battlefield." (Catholic Dictionary)
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