08 April 2009

Anointing of the Sick

In the Eastern Rite an anointing service takes place on Holy Wednesday evening. During the service the following hymns about healing are sung:

Through the prayers of Your holy Apostles,
You have shown us Your favor, O Lord,
for You are easily swayed and love all people
in this holy anointing for the healing
of the wounds and illnesses of all mankind.
Have mercy now upon those who approach
in faith the anointing with this holy oil.
Sanctify them and show them your mercy,
for you are full of compassion.
Purge from them every illness
of soul and body, and grant them
Your incorruptible blessing, O Lord
(Troparia, Tone 4)

With eyes that are spiritually blind
I come to You, O Christ;
and, like the man who was blind since birth,
I cry out to You with repentance:
You are a shining light to those in darkness.
(Kontakion, Tone 4)

O Lord, with Your divine authority,
as You once raised the paralytic,
now raise my soul, paralyzed dreadfully
with all kinds of sin and disgraceful deeds,
that, being saved, I may cry out to You:
Glory to Your power, O merciful Christ.
(Kontakion, Tone 3)

O faithful healers who worked
for the community without pay,
you were fountains of healing,
for you were deemed worthy
of mighty gifts from our Savior,
the everlasting fountain.
As to the zealous workers,
the Lord said to you:
Look, I have given you power
over unclean spirits,
to cast them out and to heal
every sickness and disease.
You were as zealous as the apostles.
As you lifted uprightly
according to the commandments,
you received freely and gave freely,
and healed the ills of soul and body.
(Troparion, Tone 4)

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