Prayer and Healing
Many of us pray and get great comfort and help through the prayers of others. At St Wulfran’s we have a group of people who are committed to praying regularly for those in need and who have asked for support through prayer. If there is something you would like them to pray for then please put your prayer request on the board which is in the Lady/Prayer chapel in St Wulfran’s, this is on the right as you walk towards the front of the church. Alternatively, if you prefer your request to be confidential, you can put your request in the box situated near the board, or contact Anne Smalley or the Rector, Fr Richard.
St Wulfran’s is a place of healing and restoration. The Sacrament of Healing (also called Anointing or Unction) is one of the sacraments of the Church, which conveys the healing love of Christ to those who receive it. It is available to anyone who is seeking healing, comfort, strength and wholeness. It involves prayer with the laying on of hands, usually on the head; and anointing with olive oil consecrated by the Bishop, usually on the forehead and palms.
If you need healing, the Parish Priest or someone from the healing team is always available to provide healing ministry. We hold regular Sunday evening healing services and the laying on of hands and anointing is available as either part of the Sunday 10 am service (monthly) or as requested after each Sunday service – please just speak with a member of the clergy.
We can also bring you Holy Communion if you are housebound or in hospital. For those who are dying, the ministry of the last rites is available. To arrange a visit please contact the Parish Priest for more information, on 01273 962831 or by email at: email@example.com
“I pray because I can’t help myself. … I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God. It changes me.”
“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”
Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”
“Prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.”
Teresa of Avila
Jesus knew the power of prayer and when asked how we should pray, he advised us to pray as follows:
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,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
A prayer for peace
May God, in his mercy, answer our prayer, soften the hearts of aggressors, and strengthen those who give aid the victims of conflict and who work for the recovery of peace and freedom.
The Collect of St Wulfran
Almighty Father, inspire us to follow the example of Saint Wulfran, who renounced worldly power to bring others to faith, to heal the sick, to bring children to safety and to care for the vulnerable and weak. May we in our generation rejoice with him in the vision of your glory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Praying by Mary Oliver
It doesn’t have to be the blue iris,
it could be weeds in a vacant lot,
or a few small stones;
just pay attention,
then patch a few words together
and don’t try to make them elaborate,
this isn’t a contest but the doorway into thanks,
and a silence in which another voice may speak