Vigil for The Healing Of Christine Warner

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In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Our help is in the Name of the Lord,
Maker of heaven and earth..

O God, make speed to save us..
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be;
World without end. Amen.

 

A PRAYER FOR HEALING AND COMFORT

The Officiant prays the following:
O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need: We humbly beseech you to behold, visit, and relieve your servant Christine. Look upon her with the eyes of your mercy; comfort her family with a sense of your goodness; preserve them from the temptations of the enemy; and give them patience under this affliction. In your good time, restore her to health, and enable her to lead the rest of her life in your fear, and to your glory; and grant that finally she may dwell with you in life everlasting; through the victory of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

LESSONS

The Psalms are read together

Psalm 13
How long, O LORD?
Will you forget me forever? *
How long will you hide your face from me?

How long must I wrestle in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day? *
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Look upon me and answer, O LORD my God; *
give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death,

Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed against him,” *
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

But I have trusted in your steadfast love; *
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

I will sing to the LORD who has dealt bountifully with me; *
I will praise the Name of the LORD Most High.

Silence

 

The Officiant prays the following:
O God of peace, you have taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be our strength: By the might of your Spirit lift us, we pray, to your presence, where we may be still and know that you are God; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd; *
I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures; *
he leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul; *
he leads me in paths of righteousness for his Name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, *
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; *
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, *
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Silence

 

The Officiant prays the following:
O God of heavenly powers, by the might of your command you drive away from our bodies all sickness and all infirmity: Be present in your goodness with your servant Christine, that her weakness may be banished and her strength restored; and that, her health being renewed, she may bless your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the mountains. *
From where is my help to come?

My help comes from the LORD, *
the maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved; *
he who watches over you will not slumber.

Behold, he who watches over Israel *
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD watches over you; *
the LORD is your shade at your right hand.

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

The LORD will keep you from all evil; *
he will watch over your life.

The LORD will watch over your going out and your coming in *
from this time forth, and forevermore.

Silence

 

The Officiant says the following Collect:
O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers: Mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to our beloved Christine the help of your power, that her sickness may be turned into health, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Psalm 143
Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my cry for mercy! *
In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!

Enter not into judgment with your servant, *
for no one living is righteous before you.

For the enemy has pursued my soul;
he has crushed my life to the ground; *
he has made me to dwell in dark places
like those long dead.

So my spirit grows faint within me; *
my heart within me is desolate.

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all you have done; *
I ponder the work of your hands.

I stretch out my hands to you; *
my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.

Answer me quickly, O LORD! *
My spirit fails!

Hide not your face from me, *
lest I become like those who go down to the pit.

Let the morning bring me word of your steadfast love, *
for I put my trust in you.

Show me the way I should go, *
for to you I lift up my soul.

Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies *
for I flee to you for refuge.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! *
Let your good Spirit lead me
on level ground!

For the sake of your Name, O LORD, preserve my life; *
in your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!

In your steadfast love, silence my enemies; *
destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
for I am your servant.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

 

Mark 5:21-43
21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 And he went with him.

And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing[a] what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus[b] saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Silence

 

LITANY OF HEALING

The Officiant continues:
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal,
Have mercy on us.

The Officiant prays:
Almighty God, giver of life and health: Send your blessing upon your beloved Christine, and upon those who minister to her that all weakness may be vanquished by the triumph of the risen Christ; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Hear us, O Lord of life.
Lord, have mercy.

Holy God, in you we live and move and have our being;
Hear us, O Lord of life.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord, grant your healing grace to Christine, that she may be made whole;
Hear us, O Lord of life.
Lord, have mercy.

Grant to Cliff, and to Cormac, Skye, Brenden and Bronwyn, to Bill & Yvonne, to David & Stephanie, and to all of Christine’s family, a knowledge of your will and an awareness of your presence;
Hear us, O Lord of life.
Lord, have mercy.

Bless the physicians, nurses, and all others who minister to her, granting them wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience;
Hear us, O Lord of life.
Lord, have mercy.

You are the Lord who does wonders: you have declared your power among the peoples. With you, O Lord, is the fountain of life: and in your light we see light.
Hear us, O Lord of life.
Lord, have mercy.

Let us offer our own prayers for Christine and her family.

A period of silence follows.

 

The Offciant concludes the Prayers with the following Collect:
O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

 

The following anthem is said or sung:
Savior of the world, by your cross and your precious blood you have redeemed us; (3X)

 
The Priest says the following blessing:
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 Christine’s defender, and make her to know that the only Name under heaven given for health and salvation is the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

CONCLUSION

The Peace of the Lord be with you all
And with your spirit.

Let us pray.
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 Priest pronounces this blessing
The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;

And the Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.