Blessing of the Hands (for healthcare workers)

February 10, 2011

Blessed be the works of your hands, O Holy One.
Blessed be these hands that have touched life.
Blessed be these hands that have nurtured creativity.
Blessed be these hands that have held pain.
Blessed be these hands that have embraced with passion.
Blessed be these hands that have tended gardens.
Blessed be these hands that have closed in anger.
Blessed be these hands that have planted new seeds.
Blessed be these hands that have carried out endless tasks
as part of caring for our community.

Blessed be these hands that have reached out and been received.
Blessed be the hands that hold the promise of the future.
Blessed be the works of your hands, O Holy One.

– a prayer used in a liturgy for healthcare workers from the National Health Ministries of the Presbyterian Church USA, originally adapted from “In Praise of Hands” by Diann Neu, Waterwheel, Winter, 1989.

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