Laying on of Hands and
Sacrament of Anointing
The Laying on of Hands and Sacrament of Anointing are
offered as an integral part of our Sunday morning
worship. These healing ministries take place at 9.00am
and 10.15am on the second Sunday of the month in the
Lady Chapel immediately following Holy Communion in the
A brief description – Having received Holy
Communion or a blessing at the nave communion rail you
are invited to make your way to the Lady Chapel. A
priest, sometimes assisted by a lay member of the
Pastoral Team, lays his hands on the head of each person
accompanied by prayer. The individual may request the
priest to pray for a particular matter or ‘intention’.
Laying on of Hands
In the name of God and trusting in his might alone,
receive Christ’s healing touch to make you whole.
May Christ bring you wholeness
of body, mind and spirit,
deliver you from every evil,
and give you his peace.
At the Sacrament of Anointing
On the forehead:
Through this holy anointing
may the Lord in his love and mercy
help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit.
On the palm of the each hand:
May the Lord who frees you from sin
save you and raise you up.
Please note that both the Laying on of Hands and
Anointing may be administered at other times by prior
arrangement with the clergy.
Holy Communion to the Sick and Housebound
Our ministry to those who, for reasons of sickness or
infirmity may receive Holy Communion in hospital or at
home, is well developed. A group of Eucharistic
Assistants (EAs), who have been licensed by the Bishop
to administer the Sacrament in church, are also
authorised to take the Sacrament out into the wider
community to those unable to get to church. This
ministry is a vital part of the pastoral care we offer
to our extended parish family. The Eucharistic Assistant
is, therefore, sent out or commissioned in the name of
the worshipping community with the following words: