Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Anointing Prayers

This week in the People's Catholic Seminary, class participants are reading and writing about the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. 
Joseph Martos' book Deconstructing Sacramental Theology and Reconstructing Catholic Ritual is the primary text.  



The following anointing prayers are part of the resources for this sacrament. 

Contemporary Anointing of the Sick
By Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP

Blessed are you, Loving God,
The boundless love of your presence blesses us
at every moment of our lives.
May your compassion radiate from each of us
and bring the blessing of your tender touch to .

The same Spirit that moved in Jesus,
dwells in you and fills you with love and peace beyond
all imagination. All of your loved ones in this community and
in the Communion of the  Saints join us in prayer.
In their name and in the name of God I/we now anoint you
for your journey. (anoint forehead and hands)

You are embraced by the Holy One
and by all who are praying for you.
May you feel the power of divine love
healing, comforting and strengthening you.
In the name of God, our Creator, Jesus our brother and the
Holy Spirit, our Wisdom. Amen



Anointing Prayer 2

Blessing and anointing
By Mary Theresa Streck, ARCWP 

Blessed are you, Source of all goodness. The boundless beauty and unlimited love of your presence blesses us at every moment of our existence. May your goodness radiate from each of us and bring the blessing of your loving touch to with whom we share life. 

To those gathered: is a part of our web of life. Let us form a connected circle around   by placing one hand on the arm of the person next to you while you raise your other hand in blessing as we anoint _____ .

Prayer during anointing: , you are embraced by a God that loves you and by a community that is praying for you. May you feel the power of that love and care and may you experience comfort and strength in the days ahead. 

Amen. 


Anointing Prayer 3


(Anoint forehead and say)
Through this holy anointing, may our God of love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit.
(Then anoint hands)
May our God who loves you unconditionally hold you close during this time of illness, carry your fears and give you Peace. Amen
(Recite Prayer of Jesus, Our Father, and Mother who art in heaven….)
Closing Prayer:
God in heaven, through this holy anointing, grant______comfort in his/her suffering.
When he/she is afraid, give him/her courage, when afflicted give
him/her patience, when discouraged, give him/her hope.
And when he/she feels alone, assure him/her of the support of your holy people.
We ask this through Christ, our healer Amen.
May the blessing of our loving God be with
 you forever.

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