Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. –James 5:14
Jesus’ ministry here on earth was one of bringing healing to many. He prayed for people to be restored to health from sicknesses of body and spirit. The Church, then, follows his example and invokes the name of God for healing.
St. Paul’s offers healing prayer as a component of Sunday Eucharist and on the first Thursday of each month at the 10 am weekday service of Holy Eucharist.
The priests of St. Paul’s also will visit and pray with you as part of a hospital visit or at any time by request. For those who desire it, this prayer may include anointing with oil, blessed by our bishop for this purpose. Healing prayer may also be offered on behalf of others, for whom we seek God’s wholeness.
Healing prayer and anointing is for any time during our lives, not just at the time when we are near death. Our priests are indeed available to pray with the dying and their loved ones, seeking peace and release from pain for those we love as we commend them into the gentle hands of God. However we do not restrict this sacrament only to the end of life; healing prayer may be sought at all times and for all conditions.
If you are interested in healing prayer, come to one of our services which include it, or talk to our priests.