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  Thanksgiving for the Healing Ministry
    of the Church
     
    See Note 8.
     
    Bless the Lord, O my soul;
All
  and forget not all his benefits.
   
  God forgives all our iniquities;
All
  and heals all our diseases.
   
  God redeems our life from the pit;
All
  and crowns us with love and mercy.
   
  James 5.13-16a or another suitable reading such as Mark 1.29-34 or Acts 3.1-10 follows.
   
  This prayer of thanksgiving may be said
     
    Blessed are you, sovereign God, gentle and merciful,
creator of heaven and earth.
Your word brought light out of darkness.
In Jesus Christ you proclaim good news to the poor,
liberty to captives, sight to the blind
and freedom for the oppressed.
Daily your Spirit renews the face of the earth,
bringing life and health, wholeness and peace.
In the renewal of our lives
you make known your heavenly glory.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
All
  Blessed be God for ever.
   
  The Apostles' Creed or an authorized Affirmation of Faith is said at a principal service and may be said on other occasions.
   
  Intercessions for those in need and those who care for them may be offered in this or another form
   
  Holy God, in whom we live and move and have our being,
we make our prayer to you, saying,
Lord, hear us.
All
  Lord, graciously hear us.
   
  Grant to [N and] all who seek you
the assurance of your presence, your power and your peace.
Lord, hear us.
All
  Lord, graciously hear us.
   
  Grant your healing grace to [N and] all who are sick
that they may be made whole in body, mind and spirit.
Lord, hear us.
All
  Lord, graciously hear us.
   
  Grant to all who minister to the suffering
wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience.
Lord, hear us.
All
  Lord, graciously hear us.
   
  Sustain and support the anxious and fearful
and lift up all who are brought low.
Lord, hear us.
All
  Lord, graciously hear us.
   
  Hear us, Lord of life.
All
  Heal us, and make us whole.
   
  This or another Collect is said
   
  Almighty God,
whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving presence:
renew [N, N, … and] all your people
with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All  
  Amen.
   
   
  The Lord's Prayer is said.
   
  The Ministry of Healing may take place here using these or other suitable prayers
   
  Be with us, Spirit of God;
All
  nothing can separate us from your love.
   
  Breathe on us, breath of God;
All
  fill us with your saving power.
   
  Speak in us, wisdom of God;
All
  bring strength, healing and peace.
   
  The Lord is here.
All
  His Spirit is with us.
   
  Silence is kept.
   
  If anointing is to be administered, a priest may use this prayer over the oil, if it has not previously been blessed
   
  Lord, holy Father, giver of health and salvation,
as your apostles anointed those who were sick and healed them,
so continue the ministry of healing in your Church.
Sanctify this oil, that those who are anointed with it
may be freed from suffering and distress,
find inward peace, and know the joy of your salvation,
through your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.
All
  Amen.
   
  The laying on of hands may be administered using these or other suitable words
   
  In the name of God and trusting in his might alone,
receive Christ's healing touch to make you whole.

May Christ bring you wholeness of body, mind and spirit,
deliver you from every evil,
and give you his peace.
All
  Amen.
   
  If anointing is administered by an authorized minister, these or other suitable words may be used
   
  N, I anoint you in the name of God who gives you life.
Receive Christ's forgiveness, his healing and his love.
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
grant you the riches of his grace,
his wholeness and his peace.
All
  Amen.
   
  This prayer concludes the Ministry of Healing
   
  The almighty Lord,
who is a strong tower for all who put their trust in him,
whom all things in heaven, on earth, and under the earth obey,
be now and evermore your defence.
May you believe and trust that the only name under heaven
given for health and salvation
is the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
All
  Amen.
   
  This responsory may be used
   
  O magnify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
All
  O magnify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
  I sought the Lord and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
All
  O magnify the Lord with me.
  In my weakness I cried to the Lord;
he heard me and saved me from my troubles.
All
  Let us exalt his name together.
  Glory to the Father, and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
All
  O magnify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.   
 
cf Psalm 34
     
  The service ends with the Grace or a blessing or the Peace
   
  Peace to you from God our Father who hears our cry.
Peace from his Son Jesus Christ whose death brings healing.
Peace from the Holy Spirit who gives us life and strength.
The peace of the Lord be always with you
All
  and also with you.
   
The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2004
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