Ministration to the Sick

The Officiant begins

Savior of the world, by your cross and precious blood you have redeemed us; Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech you, O Lord.

The Priest (or other authorized person) dips a thumb in the holy oil, and makes the sign of the cross on the sick person’s forehead, and, if appropriate, that part of the body which suffers from sickness or injury. Others may join in the laying on of hands. The Officiant says

N., I anoint you with oil and I/we lay my/our hands upon you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Amen.


Lord Jesus Christ, heal this your servant, sustain him with your presence, drive away all sickness of body, mind and spirit, and give to him that victory of life and peace which will enable him to serve you both now and evermore. Amen.

The Officiant may add the following prayer

Gracious heavenly Father, as this your servant has been outwardly anointed with holy oil and received the laying on of hands, so grant him the inward anointing of your Holy Spirit. Of your great mercy, forgive him his sins, release him from suffering, and restore him to wholeness and strength. Deliver him from all evil, preserve him in all goodness, and bring him to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Additional prayers or intercessions may be said.

The Lord’s Prayer is said.

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.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.

The Officiant then prays

The Almighty Lord, who is a strong tower to all who put their trust in him, to whom all things in heaven, on earth, and under the earth bow and obey: Be now and evermore your defense, and make you know and feel that the only Name under heaven given for health and salvation is the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

A priest may conclude the above prayer with a blessing.