Laying on of Hands and Anointing

I lift up my eyes to the hills:
but where shall I find help?

My help comes from the Lord:
who has made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer your foot to stumble:
and he who watches over you will not sleep.

Be sure he who has charge of Israel:
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord himself is your keeper:
the Lord is your defence upon your right hand.

The sun shall not strike you by day:
nor shall the moon by night.

The Lord will defend you from all evil:
it is he who will guard your life.

The Lord will defend your going out and your coming in:
from this time forward for evermore.

(from Psalm 121)

The Minister continues: 

In the name of God most high, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, may release be given you from your pain according to his will; may new life quicken your mind and body; and may perfect health abound in you.



The Minister then anoints the sick person with oil, saying:

I anoint you with oil in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. May our heavenly Father make you whole in body and mind, and grant you the inward anointing of his Holy Spirit, the Spirit of strength and joy and peace.


(from An Anglican Prayer Book-Southern Africa (1989), pp. 504-5060

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