The ministry of healing plays a vital and central part in the life of the Iona Community. It is a ministry in which justice is as important as medicine, reverence for the earth is as vital as respect for the individual person and the health of the body politic matters as much as the health of the body personal. In addition to giving a taste of the background, context and range of this work, Praying for the Dawn offers detailed resources for those who wish to introduce the ministry of healing to their own churches or groups but are unsure of where to start.
These guidelines, based on many years of experience of planning and leading services of prayer for healing and the laying-on of hands, both on Iona and elsewhere, are intended to give readers the confidence to go on and gain their own insights and experience in this work. Includes several liturgies and a large section of worship resources – prayers, readings, meditations and blessings.