Healing Service with Holy Eucharist and Anointing
St. John's offers a weekly Healing Service with Eucharist and Anointing. This is a quiet and simple service that provides a time for praying, for healing, and for the more deeply felt presence of God.
The healing rite (Holy Unction) is a sacrament of the Church in which those gathered pray for the healing of those whose health has been compromised. While all healing happens in God's own due season, according to God’s will, the Church still does pray for the wholeness of the entire person: body, mind, and spirit.
Anointing with oil for many different purposes was commonly practiced throughout the Scriptures. The New Testament mentions it specifically in connection with praying for the sick. On one occasion Jesus sent out the twelve disciples on a mission; they "anointed many sick people with oil and healed them" (Mark 6:13).
In the Episcopal Church, we believe neither the laying on of hands nor anointing with oil is required for healing, for often in Scripture healing takes place without either. But at times the touch of a praying person and the application of oil are an encouragement to faith, and such a practice is grounded in Scripture (James 5:14-16).
All those who are in need of anointing and healing are encouraged to
come, as well as those who are praying for the wholeness of others. Most people who come to this service have found it to be a time of quiet refreshment and restoration. You may learn more about this service of healing and anointing by contacting one of the priests of St. John’s.