Holy Communion to the Homebound and Those in Nursing Facilities
Lay persons in The Episcopal Church may share in the privilege of distributing Holy Communion not only at Sunday Mass as chalice bearers, but also to our homebound members of the Parish and the residents of nursing facilities and hospitals. Training is given for this Ministry and the Diocese hosts a morning workshop for Lay Eucharistic Visitors each year in different areas of the Diocese.
Persons who are interested in being Eucharistic Visitors for the sick and those unable to attend Mass should speak to the priest in charge or rector. A person who is preparing for surgery or going to be in the hospital, one of the clergy will gladly come to anoint you and bring you Holy Communion. Please let the clergy know.Healing and Intercessory Prayer Ministry
At different times of the year, All Saints Church has, on certain Wednesday evenings when it has been the custom to have Mass at 6PM, had a “Mass with a Public Service of Healing” which is in the Church’s companion volume “The Book of Occasional Services.” The clergy and some appointed laity anoint and lay hands on those who wish to come forward to the rail. This Rite is done before The Peace and before The Great Thanksgiving.
Over the years, All Saints Church has, on most Sundays, trained lay ministers for Intercessory Prayer and the Laying on of Hands. After a person has received communion, he or she may go to the Chapel of St. Michael (to the immediate right of the high altar) where a lay minister will pray privately with that person for a special intention, and anoint them with holy oil. These persons are trained by the clergy and it has, over the years provided a much needed personal prayer ministry during the Liturgy.