Virtual Healing Service 

for Holy Tuesday

Opening Meditation
Opening Prayer  

 

May the grace and peace of Christ be with you.

No one is far from you, O God. We come together in joy – mindful of the burdens we carry, the hurts and sorrows we have. We come together in gladness – never forgetting God’s love. We come together with praise – for each other and those who assist us on this journey.  

 

No one is far from you O God and we call upon your power in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.+

Let us pray.

God our healer, whose mercy is like a refining fire: by the lovingkindness of Jesus, heal us and those for whom we pray; that being renewed by you, we may witness your wholeness to our broken world; through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Spirit. Amen.

Psalm 71 

1 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; *
let me never be ashamed.

2 In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; *
incline your ear to me and save me.

3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; *
you are my crag and my stronghold.

4 Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, *
from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor.

5 For you are my hope, O Lord God, *
my confidence since I was young.

6 I have been sustained by you ever since I was born;
from my mother's womb you have been my strength; *
my praise shall be always of you.

7 I have become a portent to many; *
but you are my refuge and my strength.

8 Let my mouth be full of your praise *
and your glory all the day long.

9 Do not cast me off in my old age; *
forsake me not when my strength fails.

10 For my enemies are talking against me, *
and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together.

11 They say, "God has forsaken him;
go after him and seize him; *
because there is none who will save."

12 O God, be not far from me; *
come quickly to help me, O my God.

13 Let those who set themselves against me be put to shame and be disgraced; *
let those who seek to do me evil be covered with scorn and reproach.

14 But I shall always wait in patience, *
and shall praise you more and more.

The Holy Gospel

John 12:20-36


Among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

"Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say-- `Father, save me from this hour'? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again." The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him." Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself." He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. The crowd answered him, "We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?" Jesus said to them, "The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light."

After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them.

Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers:

God, your will for all people is health and salvation;

We praise you and thank you, O Lord. 

God the Son, you came that we might have life, and might have it more abundantly;

We praise you and thank you, O Lord. 

God the Holy Spirit, you make our bodies the temple of your presence;

We praise you and thank you, O Lord. 

Holy Trinity, one God, in you we live and move and have our being;

We praise you and thank you, O Lord. 

 

All you Holy Angels and Archangels, Stand beside us to guide and guard us on our way. 

Holy Mary, Mother of God;

Pray for us and the people of the world. Lord, hear our prayer; And let our cry come to you. 

 

For all who have died as a result of COVID-19;

Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them. 

For all who grieve the death of family, friends, and citizens;

Give them courage and strength to meet the days ahead, O Lord, and the consolation of your love.

 

Pour out your healing grace on all who are sick, injured, or disabled, that they may be made whole;

Hear us, O Lord of life.

Grant to all who seek your guidance, and to all who are afraid, anxious, or overwhelmed, a knowledge of your will and an awareness of your presence;

Hear us, O Lord of life. 

Give peace, courage, and hope to all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit;

Hear us, O Lord of life. 

Restore to wholeness whatever is broken by human sin, in our lives, in our nation, and in the world;

Hear us, O Lord of life. 

Bless physicians, nurses, and all others who minister to the sick and suffering; keep them safe and healthy; and grant them wisdom and skill, sympathy, and patience;

Hear us, O Lord of life. 

Send down upon our President, Congress, and all political leaders, the spirit of wisdom, charity, and justice; that with steadfast purpose they may faithfully serve in their offices to promote the well-being of all people;

Hear us, O Lord of life.

Give wisdom, creativity, and perseverance to all medical professionals, researchers, policy makers, and leaders as they respond to this pandemic;

Hear us, O Lord of Life. 

Guide us in finding and developing the resources, medical skill, and political will to contain and end this pandemic;

Hear us, O Lord of life.  

Open our eyes to see that you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and that our life and death are with each other;

Hear us, O Lord of life. 

Open our hearts and hands to assist and care for those who will lose their jobs or be affected financially by COVID-19;

Hear us, O Lord of life. 

Give us compassion for those in need, patience in this time of distress, and love for our neighbors;

Hear us, O Lord of life.

Let our hearts be not afraid;

Hear us, O Lord of life. 

You are the Lord who does wonders:

You have declared your power among the peoples.

With you, O Lord, is the well of life:

And in your light we see light. 

 

Let us pray.

 

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. 

Let us confess our sins to God.

 

God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen.

 

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.

Let us pray,

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.

A Prayer Amid an Epidemic

By Kerry Weber

Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and

villages “curing every disease and illness.”

At your command, the sick were made well.

Come to our aid now, in the midst of the

global spread of the coronavirus, that we may

experience your healing love.

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May

they regain their strength and health through

quality medical care.

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations

from working together and neighbors from

helping one another.

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

 

Heal us from our pride, which can make us

claim invulnerability to a disease that knows

no borders.

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in

this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with those who have died from the virus.

May they be at rest with you in your eternal

peace.

May perpetual light shine upon them

Be with the families of those who are sick or

have died. As they worry and grieve, defend

them from illness and despair. May they know

your peace.

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and

all medical professionals who seek to heal and

help those affected and who put themselves

at risk in the process. May they know your

protection and peace.

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them

the foresight to act with charity and true

concern for the well-being of the people they

are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to

invest in long-term solutions that will help

prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May

they know your peace, as they work together

to achieve it on earth.

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded

by many people suffering from this illness or

only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we

endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In

place of our anxiety, give us your peace.

Jesus Christ, heal us.

Lord in your compassion,

Heal us

© 2020 by St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Stone Harbor, NJ  (609) 368-5922

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