Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Anglican Book Centre to Publish Collection of Healing Prayers

I am pleased to announce that ABC Publishing (The Anglican Book Centre) will be publishing an anthology of healing prayers that I have been collecting for some time. Prayers for Healing in the Anglican Tradition is a collection of healing prayers from official prayer books from around the Anglican Communion. The tentative release date is January 2009, pending the securing of rights and permissions from the respective copyright holders. My hope is that clergy, lay visitors, lay anointers, those involved in prayer chains, those leading the prayers of the people, or simply anyone involved in the healing ministry will find this book useful. The collected prayers are grouped thematically (e.g., general collects, prayers for recovery, for those facing chronic or terminal illness, those facing depression, those preparing for surgery, etc.). Each section is introduced with a short series of "pastoral considerations." The book's Introduction gives a short history of the healing ministry, how Anglicans are seeking to reclaim the healing ministry to the "mainstream," and oultines a theology of healing as a ministry of "wholeness" rather than simply seeking a cure. The book concludes with appendices containing suggested scriptural readings, suggested psalms, and a litany of healing. Updates will be posted on this website in the near future, including updates on the publishing date, the price and availability, and a launch party. Prayers for Healing in the Anglican Tradition is tentatively priced at $13.95 Cdn., aprox 96 pp, and will be available through your local diocesan bookstore, The Anglican Book Centre/Augsburg Fortress, or your favourite independent bookseller.