Broughton, Marton and Thornton

Healing Ministry

Beginning the service at the Holy Well - after a Mass for Our Lady.



See first Holy Well page

Broughton service of healing

The Prayer Book healing service


At Broughton Church, the laying-on-of-hands for healing has been practised on a regular monthly basis for several decades.  The current form of the service (after Evensong) was established by the late Fr Donald Bird.  It usually takes place on the third Sunday of every month, and people come forward for the laying-on-of-hands (in silence) as often for other people as for themselves.  The form of the service is as follows:

 [Stay kneeling throughout the short service]

As the sacrament is laid on the altar, the following is sung:

O Saving Victim, opening wide
    The gate of heaven to man below,
Our foes press hard on every side;
    Thine aid supply, thy strength bestow.

All praise and thanks to thee ascend,
    For evermore blest One in Three;
O grant us life that shall not end,
    In our true native land with thee.

Prayers are offered, especially for those who are sick.
Those who wish now come forward for the laying on of hands – for themselves or on behalf of someone else who is sick or in need.  This takes place at the altar rails, in silence.

After which the following is sung:
Therefore we before him bending,
This great Sacrament revere;
Types and shadows have their ending,
For the newer rite is here;
Faith our outward sense befriending,
Makes the inward vision clear.

Glory let us give and blessing,
To the Father and the Son;
Honour, might and praise addressing
While eternal ages run;
Ever too his love confessing
Who, from both, with both is one.

The minister rises and offers the following prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, who in a wonderful sacrament hast left unto us a memorial of thy passion:  grant us, we beseech thee, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of thy Body and Blood, that we may ever perceive within ourselves and show forth within our lives the fruit of our redemption, who livest and reignest, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.   Amen

The minister blesses the people, making the sign of the Cross with the Blessed Sacrament, in silence.

Let us adore for ever the most holy Sacrament.
O praise the Lord, all ye heathen.
Praise him, all ye nations.
For his merciful kindness is ever more and more towards us:  
And the truth of the Lord endureth for ever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be;  world without end.  Amen
Antiphon  Let us adore for ever the most holy Sacrament.

As the Blessed Sacrament is being replaced, the following verse is sung or said:
Blessed and praised be Jesus Christ, in the most holy sacrament.  Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

Ever mindful of Art. XXV of the 39 Articles, it is important to prepare oneself for devotion before the Sacrament of Christ’s body and blood.  Benediction is not to be taken lightly, but is given that we might draw nearer to Our Saviour and his death for us.  It is the context of prayer and attention within which we come to Him for his healing, of body, mind or spirit. The laying on of hands mediates the power of Christ, present in the Sacrament and in his Church.




This was once a service printed in copies of the Book of Common Prayer during the seventeenth century.  It may be old-fashioned, and it may have been associated with the Monarch, but the fact remains it was once the model of healing prayer within a formal church context.  It fell into disuse during the deist days of the eighteenth century, ironically just as interest in healing wells saw a revival.
    We use it only occasionally, at Broughton, but it does offer an assurance that such prayer has real depth and history – there is great comfort in the presence of the past.

PREVENT us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help, that in all our works begun, continued and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

THE Holy Gospel is written in the 16th Chapter of St Mark beginning at the 14th Verse.
JESUS appeared unto the Eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief, and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my Name they shall cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues, they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them. They shall lay their hands on the sick, and they shall recover.’ So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.

Let us pray,
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

OUR Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that 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. Amen.

Then shall the infirm Persons, one by one, [come forward for the laying on of hands, and] the Chaplain that officiates shall say these words following,
GOD give a Blessing to this Work.

After all have been presented, the Chaplain shall say,
  O Lord, save thy Servants.
Resp.  Who put their trust in thee.
Vers.  Send them help from thy holy place.
Resp.  And ever more mightily defend them.
Vers.  Help us, O God of our Salvation.
Resp. And for the glory of thy Name, deliver us, and be merciful unto us sinners, for thy Name’s sake.
Vers. O Lord, hear our prayers.
Resp. And let our cry come unto thee.
These answers are to be made by them that come to be Healed.

Let us pray,
O ALMIGHTY God, who art the giver of all health, and the aid of them that seek to thee for succour, we call upon thee for thy help and goodness mercifully to be showed upon these thy Servants, that they being healed of their Infirmities, may give thanks unto thee in thy holy Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Then the Chaplain, standing with his Face towards them that come to be Healed, shall say,
THE Almighty Lord, who is a most strong tower to all them that put their trust in him, to whom all things in heaven, in earth, and under the earth, do bow and obey, be now and evermore your defence, and make you know and feel, that there is none other Name under heaven given to man, in whom, and through whom you may receive health and salvation, but only the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen