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Sacrament of Unction on Holy Wednesday

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I have a genuine question.  I have been Orthodox now for 17 years and have always attended Orthodox parishes of a Slavic background.  I was watching a program on yourtube about Orthodox Holy Week produced by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.  It was excellent and I learned a lot from it.  One big difference I noticed, though, was that it talked about the entire congregation receiving the Sacrament of Unction on Holy Wednesday.  My OCA parish does not do this and apparently, never has.  We have the Bridegroom Matins services, of course.  We just don't have the Sacrament of Unction during Holy Week.  Any thoughts on why this is so?  Is there a difference between Greek and Slavic usage on this point?  I am not scolding anybody or faulting anybody.  My parish has a huge number of Holy Week services.  I just wondered if this was, perhaps, a liturgical difference between the Byzantine tradition and the Slavic tradition.  I await your replies.
 

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As for Polish Orthodox Church it depends on parish. In some it's on Holy Wedensday, but in some (e.g methropolitan cathedral in Warsaw) it's done just right before the Lazarus Saturday. My parish doesn't do this service (but it's in Warsaw, so any of Warsaw parishes except cathedral does it)
 

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My church has some sort of anointing every Wednesday night after nocturnes, but someone told me this is not really Unction. Is this done generally? Can anyone explain what this is to me?
 

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Iconodule said:
My church has some sort of anointing every Wednesday night after nocturnes, but someone told me this is not really Unction. Is this done generally? Can anyone explain what this is to me?
Probaly it's soemthing that it's called in Church Slavonic yeleopomazaniye; in Russian and Polish practice it's done druing the chant of the canon during All-night vigils (so Saturaday evening and evenigns before great feasts)
 

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It happens here on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday depending on the parish. I've even heard about some doing it prior to Holy Week.
 

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Having lived in a large Jerusalem Monastery for some years, where it was done every year during Great Lent when the Bishop was present, I received Holy Unction annualy, but the Hieromonk in my current parish was not used to serving it, and one year I missed out. When I asked about it, he undertook to choose a public holiday, at some previously unspecified time, and we all gather now on that day in the parish and receive together. Many Greeks join us for this day as well.  This year it was Anzac Day, 25 april.
 
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