Healing into Wholeness in the Episcopal Church

Jennifer L. Hollis

in Religion and Healing in America

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780195167962
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850150 | DOI:
Healing into Wholeness in the Episcopal Church

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This chapter looks at the wide range of healing services within the Episcopal Church, from services of healing that occur once per year to charismatic healing teams that offer healing prayer several times each week. These healing services offer participants beauty and a sensorial experience of readings, music, touch, and the scent of holy oil or incense. Healing services often include special hymns, chants, or songs. Perhaps most important, healing services offer physical touch to participants, through the laying on of hands. This touch varies from a light touch to a close embrace during healing prayer. This prayer and anointing may follow a brief formula or may be a long, spontaneous prayer that lasts several minutes. Episcopalians distinguish between healing and curing. They see “curing” as end of disease or illness and “healing” as an experience of transformation, peace, or improved relationships with other people or God. In Episcopalian theology, the goal of healing is a return to “wholeness”.

Keywords: Episcopal Church; healing services; prayer; holy oil; wholeness; curing; anointing; physical touch; chants

Chapter.  6071 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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