An Order of Healing for One with Mental Illness

Greeting

Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, Jesus our Healer, and the Holy Spirit our Comforter.

Sentences

God invites us to bring forward our need for healing, whether physical, mental, or spiritual, as God is concerned with the well-being of our whole selves. Through Jesus we encounter a God seeking to redeem our dis-ease for greater peace of mind, body, and spirit for this life and the life to come.

Personal Sharing

[The one seeking healing is invited to speak their need. This may include a time of silence, prayer, or sharing their experience. In turn, the need may include relief from illness, mending of relationships, or a better understanding of God’s presence, among other possibilities.]

Assurance of God’s Presence

With sighs too deep for words, the Holy Spirit prays with us, knowing our deepest longing and pain. Though at times our condition may make it too dark for us to see, God is with us both in times of rejoicing and in times of despair, bringing consolation and love to our weary souls.

Order for Anointing and Laying on of Hands

[The specifics of the therapeutic context or preferences of the individual may preclude the use of oil or physical touch. You will want to be aware beforehand whether one or both of these parts are permitted or desired, and skip ahead in the liturgy accordingly.]

Blessing of Oil

Faithful and healing Spirit, we ask your blessing on this gift of oil, that the one receiving it may find relief in mind and body. Through this oil, communicate to us anew your care and concern for the health of our entire selves, and grant us a new sense of your closeness to us.

Act of Anointing

May this oil be to you a sign and seal of God’s healing presence.

Act of Laying on of Hands

[Name], I lay my hands upon you, praying that the disquiet that you feel in mind, the restlessness you feel in body, and the uncertainty you feel in spirit may be made gentle by the grace of God who is ever with you and ever loves you. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

[The one presiding over this order may offer their own prayer, keeping in mind the concerns raised during Personal Sharing. This time may include an invitation to the one seeking healing to offer their own prayer before or in lieu of concluding with the Lord’s Prayer.]

Blessing

May the God of restoration and hope fill you with peace, granting you strength and comfort in your journey of spiritual health and mental wellness.  May you always feel companioned as you walk this path. Amen.

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