The constant faith of the Church and the teaching Magisterium
attest to the existence of the sacrament from the early Church.
In the first two centuries, there are no commentaries extent on
the Epistle of James. Indeed, the canon of the New Testament
to include the Epistle was not firm until the local Councils of
Hippo and Carthage (393 and 397).
The early Fathers of the Church did not systematically comment
on all aspects of the life of the Church. It must be noted that in
the early Church, emphasis was not given to the need of
anointing/healing. It was a practice of Christians to be
baptized at the end of life.