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Healing Prayer (Evening)

for Use in Times of Quarantine 3 (Easter Week)

Opening Verses

Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

I saw water flowing out of the temple; from the right it poured down, Alleluia.
All those to whom that water came shall be saved, and shall say, Alleluia!

  

Gathering Prayer

Loving God, who in the mystery of the Paschal feast established anew the covenant of reconciliation: grant that all who are reborn in the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in our lives his comfort to all who sorrow, his succor to those in pain and grief, and his grace to those who do the work of healing, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Gracious Light  Phos hilaron

O gracious light,

pure brightness of the ever-living Father in heaven,

O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,

and our eyes behold the vesper light,

we sing your praises, O God:

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,

O Son of God, O Giver of Life,

and to be glorified through all the worlds.

 

Psalm 46: 1-6    Deus noster refugium

 

1         God is our refuge and strength, * a very present help in trouble.

2         Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, *

and though the mountains topple to the depths of the sea;

 

3         Though its waters rage and foam, *  and the high places tremble.

 

4         The LORD of hosts is with us; * the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

 

5         There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, *

the holy habitation of the Most High.

 

6         God is in the midst of her; she shall not be overthrown; *

God shall help her at the break of day.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen

 

The Lessons (Use one or two lessons from The Lectionary and Daily Office, below.)

Following each lesson, say: Hear ends the lesson. An appropriate canticle follows.

 

 

A Song of Hosea   Hosea 6:1-3

Come, let us return to our God, * who has torn us and will heal us.

God has struck us and will bind our wounds, * and after two days revive us,

On the third he will restore us, * that in his presence we may live.

Let us humble ourselves, let us strive to know the Lord, * whose justice dawns like morning light, its dawn as sure as the sunrise.

God’s justice will come to us like a rainstorm, * like spring rains that water the earth.

 

Magnificat (The Song of Mary)    Luke 1:46-55

My soul doth magnify the Lord, *

and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

For he hath regarded *

the lowliness of his handmaiden.

For behold from henceforth *

all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me, *

and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him *

throughout all generations.

He hath showed strength with his arm; *

he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat, *

and hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things, *

and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, *

as he promised to our forebears, Abraham and his seed for ever.

 

A Statement of Faith, A Song of God’s Love (1 John 4:711)

Beloved, let us love one another, *

for love is of God.

Whoever does not love does not know God, *

for God is Love.

In this the love of God was revealed among us, *

that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.

In this is love, not that we loved God but that God loved us *

and sent his Son that sins might be forgiven.

Beloved, since God loved us so much, *

we ought also to love one another.

For if we love one another, God abides in us, *

and God’s love will be perfected in us.

 

The Collects

 

A Collect for Healing

O God our healer, whose mercy is like a refining fire: by the lovingkindness of Jesus, heal us and those for whom we pray; that being renewed by you, we may witness your wholeness to our broken world; through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Spirit. Amen.


A Collect for Grace in the Home

Visit, O blessed Lord, our homes with the gladness of your presence. Bless our dwellings with the power of your grace, and grant that we may manifest Your love to one another and to all whose lives we touch, near and far. May we grow in grace to know You and to love You. Be our guide, our comfort, and our strength, and preserve us in health and peace, though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Collect for the Presence of Christ

Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know you as you are revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of your love. Amen.

A Prayer for Mission

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

 

A Litany of Healing

Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers, either silently or aloud.

 

God the Father, you will that all people be healed and made whole;

      We praise you and thank you, O Lord.

God the Son, you came that we might have life, and have it to the full;

      We praise you and thank you, O Lord.

God the Holy Spirit, you make our bodies the temple of your presence;

      We praise you and thank you, O Lord.

Lord, grant your healing grace to all who are sick, injured, or disabled;

      Hear us, O Lord of life.

Grant to all who seek guidance, and to all who are lonely, anxious, broken, or despairing, a knowledge of your will and of your presence;

      Hear us, O Lord of life.

Mend our broken relations, and restore us to soundness of mind and serenity of spirit;

      Hear us, O Lord of life.

Bless physicians, nurses, and all who tend the suffering and seek to cure, granting them wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience;

      Hear us, O Lord of life.

Grant to the dying peace and a holy death, and uphold by the grace
and consolation of your Holy Spirit those who mourn them;

      Hear us, O Lord of life.

You are the Lord who does wonders:

      You declare your power among the peoples.

With you, O Lord, is the well of life,

      and in your light we see light.

Hear us, O Lord of life:

      Heal us and make us whole.

May the blessing of God: Creator, Healer, Redeemer, and Sanctifier,
be upon you and remain with you, always.

 

 

About Episcopal Worship and this Service

Holy Eucharist, or Holy Communion, along with Holy Baptism, lies at the center of the church’s sacramental life, and has of late become our main form of worship as a community. In times of contagion and quarantine, however, the community may not gather together in person, as such liturgies require. What to do?

Fortunately, we have other worship resources suitable for online worship: the Daily Office. It consists of Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline (an end-of-the-day prayer), as well as Daily Devotions, for use by individuals and families. Each office, as they’re called, offers worship of praise and thanksgiving by means of word and song.

In addition, Healing Prayer, like prayers of supplication and penitence, have for many years helped the church face difficult times. When we or those whom we love suffer or are in times of danger and uncertainty, we might feel alone and unsure. Particularly in times when our health requires us to keep at physical distance, gathering as best we can for prayers of healing can help sustain us and reduce our feelings of isolation and fear. The service often makes use of an ancient, but now somewhat uncommon, tradition of understanding Christ as mother.

Vespers (Evening Prayer) is particularly well-suited to Healing Prayer. Evening is a time of reflection, a time to take stock of the day that is ending, be thankful for its blessings, be mindful of the chances and changes of our lives, and remember that even when we are most alone, God is with us, and we with God.

Healing Vespers opens with a call to gather in prayer to recognize our needs and give thanks for those whose are called to be healers. We sing songs and hear readings that remind us of how God has saved people in the past, and that they (we) are always in further need of it. We offer a statement of faith and a song God’s love, the supplication (a plea for help), appropriate collects (prayers), a Litany of Healing, and a final blessing.

The Healing Vespers you hear in the church’s recorded services may from time to time differ from what is printed above. This leaflet is designed for you to use on your own, in addition to being a guide to worship online. Feel free to adapt it as best suits your and your family’s needs.

The readings for this service, and the prayers you see, come from The Book of Common Prayer and from Enriching Our Worship 1 and 2. You will find links to these free resources below.

 

Resources (available for free online)

Book of Common Prayer, www.bcponline.org

Enriching Our Worship 1, https://www.churchpublishing.org/siteassets/pdf/enriching-our-worship-1/enrichingourworship1.pdf

Enriching Our Worship 2,

https://www.churchpublishing.org/siteassets/pdf/enriching-our-worship-2/enrichingourworship2.pdf

These three resources contain the prayers and worship services used in The Episcopal Church and by Episcopalians in their daily devotions.

The Revised Common Lectionary and Daily Office, https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/

This source shows the readings assigned for use in Sunday worship and for daily office use for each day of the year, with links to online Bibles.

The Episcopal Church: www.episcopalchurch.org

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington: www.edow.org

St. Mark’s, Fairland: www.stmarks-silverspring.org

 

A Prayer in Times of Sickness and Contagion

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health, source of all wisdom and peace: Comfort and relieve your servants who suffer from sickness or fear, give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, and let your grace be with all those who work to protect us from contagion and disease. May we be strengthened against any weakness, sickness, fear, and doubt, and place our confidence in your loving care through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.