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This book contains more than fifty prayer services, arranged according to the liturgical year and incorporating ecumenical prayers and Bible readings appropriate for the sick and the dying. This book forms an excellent resource for visitors of the sick, residents and staff of assisted-living, long-term care, and nursing homes. This volume features an index of the subjects covered by these prayers, a calendar of movable observances that will provide users with the most appropriate service for any chosen week up to the year 2012, and the official rite of Communion for the Sick, which may be used under appropriate circumstances
A Time to Heal is a much-needed resource for those who minister to the spiritual needs of the sick and homebound. This collection of prayer services follows the Church year from Advent through Christmas to Lent, Eastertide, and Pentecost, with provisions for solemnities and selected feasts. Its various self-contained services include such special themes as thanksgiving and hope. An appendix provides the rite for the administration of the Eucharist outside of the Mass.
Father Joseph Champlin (1930-2008) was a prolific author, world traveler, lecturer, and passionate theologian. Ordained in 1956, Father Champlin was the pastor at several churches; at the time of his death, he was the sacramental priest at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Warners, New York. Over the years he touched thousands of lives, writing fifty books, traveling more than two million miles around the world, and founding the Guardian Angel Society, a nonprofit organization that helps needy children with their educational needs. In 1972 he served as associate director in the Secretariat for the Liturgy of what was then called the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC, and he spent a year at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy. Father Champlin devoted his life to caring for people and showing the compassion and forgiveness that Christ's love and God's grace provides. We are thankful that Father Champlin's magnificent work and dedication to Christ's teachings live on through his wonderful books.