Ministration to the sick

 

In case of illness, the Minister of the congregation is to be notified.

 

At the Ministration, one or more parts of the following service are used, as appropriate; but when two or more are used together, they are used in the order indicated.

 

Part One of this service may always be led by a Deacon or lay person.

 

When the Laying on of Hands or Anointing takes place at a public celebration of the Eucharist, it is desirable that it precede the distribution of Holy Communion, and it is recommended that it take place immediately before the exchange of the Peace.

 

The Celebrant begins the service with the following greeting

W indicates all cross themselves.

X indicates the Celebrant makes the sign of the Cross over the congregation, an individual or an appropriate object.

 

.The peace of the Holy One X be to this house (place), and to all who dwell in it.

 

PART I.  Ministry of the Word

 

One or more of the following passages is read:

 

General

2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Psalm 91

Luke 17:11-19

 

Penitence

Hebrews 12:1-2

Psalm 103

Matthew 9:2-8

 

When Anointing is to Follow

James 5:14-16

Psalm 23

Mark 6:7, 12-13

 

When Holy Communion is to Follow

1 John 5:13-15

Psalm 145:14-22

John 6:47-51

 

After any reading, the Celebrant may briefly comment on it.

 

Prayers may be offered according to the occasion.

 

The Priest may suggest the making of a special confession if the sick person's conscience is troubled, and use the form of the Reconciliation of a Penitent.

 

Or the following general confession may be said.

 

P: Heavenly Father; we are the race that helped make the cross on which Your Son was crucified. We are the race that helped make the nails which pierced His body. We are the race that continues to betray Him. Lord, have mercy and hear us when we pray.

A: I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own most grievous fault, in my thought, word and deeds, by what I have done and by what I have left undone. I have not loved God with all my heart and I have not loved my neighbor as myself. In that I have broken one of the least of the Commandments I have broken the entire Law. For all my sins I am truly sorry and I humbly repent. Lord, have mercy on me and forgive me my sins for the sake of Your beloved Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

P: As a called and ordained minister of Christ's Church and on His authority I declare unto you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, through His atoning death and glorious resurrection; in the Name of the Father, and of the Son ( X), and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.  W

 

A Deacon  or lay person may say the following:

D:  Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life.

C: Amen.  W

 

PART II.  Laying on of Hands and Anointing

 

If oil for the Anointing of the Sick is to be blessed, the Priest says:

P:  O Lord of creation, holy Father, giver of health and salvation:  Send Your Holy Spirit to sanctify this oil; that as Your Holy Apostles anointed many that were sick and healed them, so may those who in faith and repentance receive this holy unction be made whole; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God ( X) , for ever and ever.

C: Amen.  W

 

The following anthem is said:

P:  Savior of the world, by Your Holy Cross and precious blood You have redeemed us;

C:  Save us, and help us, with Your power and grace, we humbly beseech You, O Lord.

 

The Priest then lays hands upon the sick person and says one of the following:

 

(Name), I lay my hands upon you in the Name of the Father and of the Son W, and of the Holy Spirit, beseeching our Lord Jesus Christ to sustain you with His presence, to drive away all sickness of body and spirit, and to give you that victory of life and peace which will enable you to serve Him both now and unto the end of the ages.  Amen.

 

or this

 

(Name), I lay my hands upon you in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Son of Mary, beseeching Him to uphold you and fill you with His Grace.  I implore Him to encircle you with the host of His Holy Angels and His Communion of Saints and Apostles, that you may know the healing power of His love and be protected from all manner of sickness or evil.  Amen.

 

If the person is to be anointed, the Priest dips a thumb in the holy oil, and makes the sign of the Cross on the sick person's forehead, saying:

(Name), I anoint you with oil, in the Name of the Three-in-One and One-in-Three, the Father, the Son ( X), and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.  W

 

In cases of necessity, a Deacon or lay person may perform the anointing using oil blessed by a Bishop or Priest.

 

If Communion is not to follow, the Lord's Prayer is now said.

 

The Priest concludes:

The All-powerful Lord of the universe, who is a strong tower to all who put their trust in Him, to whom all things both seen and unseen, in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth bow and obey; Be now and evermore your defense, and make you know and feel that the Lord Jesus Christ is our health and salvation.  Amen.

 

PART III.  Holy Communion

 

When persons are unable to be present for extended periods, it is desirable that the Priest arrange to celebrate the Eucharist with them from time to time on a regular basis.  If it is necessary to shorten the service, the Priest may begin the celebration with the Peace and Offertory of Rite 1 or Rite 2 but is desirable that a passage from the Gospel first be read.

 

At other times, or when desired, such persons may be communicated from the reserved Sacrament, using the following form.

 

It is desirable that other parishioners, relatives, and friends be present, when possible, to communicate with them.

 

The Celebrant, whether Priest or Deacon, reads a passage of Scripture appropriate to the day or occasion, or else one of the following:

 

John 3:16

John 6:35

John 6:51, 55-56

John 15:4-5, 8-9

 

 After the reading, the Celebrant may briefly comment on it.

 

Suitable prayers may be offered, concluding with the following:

 

A: Lord grant me, I pray you in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son, my God, through the receiving of this Blessed Sacrament, that love which knows no fall, so that my lamp may feel His kindling touch and know no quenching, may burn for me, and may give light for others. O Lord Christ, who is present in the bread and wine, bless the path on which we tread and guide us in the way to your Kingdom. Amen.

P: Lord Christ, our Savior most sweet, deign to kindle our lamps through communion with you, that they may shine continually in your temple, and receive perpetual light from you, the eternal Light, so that our darkness may be driven from us. May we become broken bread and poured out wine, abiding in you and you in us.

C: Amen.

 

If not already performed, a General Confession of Sin follows.

 

P: Heavenly Father; we are the race that helped make the cross on which Your Son was crucified. We are the race that helped make the nails which pierced His body. We are the race that continues to betray Him. Lord, have mercy and hear us when we pray.

A: I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own most grievous fault, in my thought, word and deeds, by what I have done and by what I have left undone. I have not loved God with all my heart and I have not loved my neighbor as myself. In that I have broken one of the least of the Commandments I have broken the entire Law. For all my sins I am truly sorry and I humbly repent. Lord, have mercy on me and forgive me my sins for the sake of Your beloved Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

P: As a called and ordained minister of Christ's Church and on His authority I declare unto you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, through His atoning death and glorious resurrection; in the Name of the Father, and of the Son ( X), and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.  W

 

The Lord's Prayer is then said.

 

P: And now we pray as our Savior taught us.

C: Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

P: All you truly and earnestly repent of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbors, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in His holy ways: Draw near with faith, and receive this Blessed Sacrament for your spiritual health and comfort.

C: Amen.

 

The Sacrament is administered with the following or other words:

 

The Body of Christ which was sacrificed for you.  Amen.  W

The Blood of Christ which was shed for you.   Amen.  W

 

After all have received Communion, the Post-Communion prayer is said.

 

P: Heaven is intertwined with earth.

C: We have taken the divine life into ourselves.

P: And so each may say,

A: I rise up clothed in the strength of Christ. I am no longer imprisoned by sin. I shall not be harmed by evil. I go clothed in Christ's pure garments.

P: By the task that we have done we bind our souls to you;

A: Father, Son (W), and Holy Spirit. Amen.