Holy Eucharist & Healing


Date(s) - 02/19/2020
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

St. James Episcopal Church


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The service includes the Litany of Healing and the celebration of Holy Communion. Anointing and the Laying on of Hands are offered in the context of the service.

Anointing provides a vivid, sacramental expression of God’s love in time of sickness and misfortune. It is helpful at the onset of an illness [and throughout], as well as in a time of crisis. While anointing is usually administered for physical illness, we also anoint for the healing of mind, body and soul. The New Testament makes it clear that anointing, accompanied by prayer, was used for healing.

“Are any of you in trouble? Are any of you sick? Then call for the elders of the church, and have them pray over those who are sick and anoint them with oil in the name of Christ. And this prayer offered in faith will make them well, and Christ will raise them up.” James 5: 13-152.

Holy Communion
The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated as a continual remembrance that Christ sacrificed his life for us so that we may receive everlasting life. The Bread and Wine are the outward sign of the Lord’s Supper, which are received according to our Savior Jesus Christ’s holy institution in remembrance of his death and passion. The Body and Blood of Christ are spiritually taken and received as the inward sign of the Lord’s Supper benefiting the communicants with forgiveness, strengthening our union not only with Christ but also with one another and depicting the sacraments as a foretaste of God’s heavenly banquet. All baptized persons are welcome to receive the consecrated bread and wine.

Laying on of Hands
From ancient times the laying on of hands has been a symbol for the conveying of God’s power. Among the gifts received from God by this means is that of healing. In Scripture we see this practice commonly used and the healing which ensued.

“He called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority to cure diseases, and sent them out to heal.” Luke: 9:1-33.

Prayer for Healing
“O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers: Mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to us the help of your power, that our sickness may be turned into health, our fear into courage, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Savior.” Amen.

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