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Unto the Healing of Soul and Body: Encouragement for Restoration and Reconciliation in a Broken World

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There has never been a greater need for healing in the world than there is today. The Orthodox Sacrament of Holy Unction is intended for the healing of soul and body. What makes this sacrament so powerful is not just the anointing that occurs at the end of the service, but the journey there—through seven Epistle readings, seven Gospel passages, and seven powerful prayers. Unto the Healing of Soul and Body will serve as an aid on this journey, helping us understand our need for healing, as well as God’s role and our own participation in spiritual healing.

The Sacrament of Holy Unction, celebrated on Holy Wednesday and at other times throughout the year, lasts about ninety minutes. Yet, that time is packed with such spiritual richness that it deserves to be reflected upon more deeply. This book contains forty-six reflections on the hymns, Scripture readings, and prayers of the service.

The human body is comprised of mind, body, and spirit, all of which are interrelated. When one part of the body suffers, so do the other parts. For every physical wound, there is also a spiritual consequence. This book not only reflects on God’s ability to heal our physical in infirmities but especially how our souls can be healed along with our bodies. In the times when our bodies are beyond physical healing—at some point, we will all suffer a physical death—Holy Unction serves as a reconciliation with God and a preparation for eternal life. This service includes many prayers offering forgiveness, many of which speak of the mercy of God, and many which speak of the ultimate destination, eternal life. The sacraments of the Church provide us a means to prepare for eternal life, by offering us the spiritual stamina to get through this life.

Father Stavros N. Akrotirianakis is a Greek Orthodox priest who serves St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, Florida. A list of his other books can be found at the end of this volume.



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p. 14

The Purpose of This Book

p. 17


The Need for Healing

p. 23

Holy Unction Won't Necessarily Heal a Broken Leg

p. 27

The Benefit of the Prayers

p. 30

Reconciliation, Chosen-ness, Healing

p. 33

A Foundation in Scripture

p. 36


The Lord's Prayer

p. 43

Psalm 143

p. 46

Psalm 50/51

p. 50

Lord, Have Mercy

p. 53

Part One

Let the Elders Pray and Anoint with Oil

p. 59

The Good Samaritan and the Wounded Man

p. 63

Unto Remission of Sins and Life 

p. 67

The Flock of Christ, a Royal Priesthood

p. 72

Many Intentions

p. 75

Part Two

The Strong Ought to Bear with the Failings of the Weak

p. 81

A Desire to Know Christ 

p. 84

To Seek and the Save the Lost, Today

p. 87

God Desires Us to Repent and Live

p. 90

Part Three

Each of Us Has a Different Gift

p. 97

The Greatest Gift is Love

p. 101

God Never Ends

p. 105

You Received Without Paying, Give Without Pay

p. 108

Being Restored to a Sense of Spiritual Wholeness

p. 111

Part Four

Let Us Cleanse Our Temples

p. 117

This is Not Easy

p. 120

Unto Our Salvation

p. 123

Part Five

Burdened Beyond Measure

p. 129

Is There Enough Oil (Faith) in Your Lamp (Life)?

p. 132

The Lofty Degree of Priesthood

p. 135

All Our Righteousness Is Like Rags

p. 139

The Sins of Youth

p. 142

God is the Hope of the Hopeless

p. 145

Part Six

The Fruit of the Spirit

p. 151

The Fruit of the Spirit

p. 154

Bear One Another's Burdens

p. 157

When It Seems Like God Isn't Listening

p. 161

A Multitude of Scriptural References to Healing the Healing and Forgiveness

p. 165

Part Seven

A Lot of Sound Advice

p. 171

It's How We Finish That Matters

p. 174

The Church As a Hospital

p. 177

Two Great Sinners Who Became Great Saints

p. 181

You Were Born for This

p. 184


We Are Not Alone

p. 191

Anointing of Our Senses

p. 194

A Renewed Spirit

p. 197

About the Author

p. 201

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200 Pages


Holy Cross Orthodox Press




Stavros Akrotirianakis

Product Dimensions:

6x9 inches

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