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Spirituality and Prayer Resources: Blessing of the Hands

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Blessing of Hands - submitted by Sr. Mary Lou Palas SC

Click here: Bless the Work of Your Hands (ASPIRUS-Pat Duffield) (PDF)

 

Blessing of Hands - submitted by Sr. Mary Lou Palas SC

When we reach our hands out to provide care, to do our work as part of the care of others, we are saying to others, you are important to us , and you are cared for by the efforts of many who value you and your needs.

Holding your hands in front of you observe their appearance and think of all that you do with your hands each day which contributes to the needs of our residents physically, spiritually and emotionally.

You have chosen to bless others with your hands in the work you do. Now we are going to bless your hands in recognition of the holiness of what you do everyday. Extend your hands with palms up to receive the blessing.

O Holy God, bless these hands that they may continue to be a blessing to others. Amen

Or

I ask God’s blessing on these hands that they may continue to be a healing touch to others. Amen.

Or

Blessings and appreciation for the healing touch these hands have brought to others.

Download the preceding Blessing as a Microsoft Word document: Blessing of Hands (from Sr. Mary Lou Palas)

 

Blessing of Hands - submitted by Mary Salois

Blessing of the Hands
An InterFaith Service in Recognition of National Healthcare week and in Honor of the Attentive, Healing, Meticulous, Reliable, Hard-working Hands of Mercy Hospital

GATHERING
L: There are many names for God. Regardless of the tradition, God is God. We come to this service of blessing and invite God to be with us. God of Health and God of Healing, be with us in this time of blessing. Amen.

BLESSING OF THE OIL
L: Holy God, as oil was used as a base for medicine in ancient times, we ask you to bless our use of this oil today. May it’s fragrance be a symbolic offering of what is pleasing to you. May its texture remind us that the soothing work of our hands is also pleasing to you.
Amen.

BLESSING OF THE HANDS [SELECT ONE]
May the work of your hands bring healing to all the people you touch. [or]
May the God who formed these hands guide them to bring the healing touch of life. [or]
Holy God, bless these hands to be instruments of healing. [or]
Blessings and appreciation of the many tasks these hands can do.

SCATTERING
L: God blesses our hands for service.
P: We receive the strength offered by our Creator.
L: Let us also receive the vision to see with the eyes of our hearts
P: And the courage to persevere in difficult times.
L: May all whose lives we touch come to know God’s love.
P: May that same love be a consolation to us.
L: Let us return to our duties with blessed hands that are attentive, healing, meticulous, reliable, and hard-working.
P: We go, renewed and refreshed, ready to imagine peace in new ways.

Download the preceding Blessing as a Microsoft Word document: Blessing of Hands (from Mary Salois)

 

Blessing of the Hands (2) - submitted by Mary Salois

Leader: When we reach our hands out to provide care, to do our work as part of the care of others, we are saying to others, You are important to us, and you are cared for by the efforts of many who value you and your needs.

Holding your hands in front of you observe their appearance and think of all that you do with your hands each day which contributes to the care of the health care needs of our Mercy community.

You have chosen to bless others with your hands in the work you do. Now we are going to bless your hands in recognition of the Holiness of what you do everyday.

Leader: “Oh Holy God, Bless these hands that they may continue to be a Blessing to Others.” Amen

Now before you return to work, let’s say the following prayer.

ALL: Holy God, may your presence be in all that I do. Renew in me awareness of your sustaining love that touches me each day, opening the eyes of my heart to see that you touch the world through the work of my hands. Amen.

Download the preceding Blessing as a Microsoft Word document: Blessing of Hands (from Mary Salois)

 

The Blessing of Hands by Paul Kselman (article from Vision, 2001)

Blessing of Hands NACC Vision 2001.pdf

Prosper the Work of Our Hands by Sr. Patricia A. Talone, RSM, Ph.D. (prayer from CHA's Health Progress, Nov/Dec 2005)

Prosper the Work of Our Hands (PDF)