Sermon preached by the archbishop of Dublin during CMH:I Annual Thanksgiving Service

Service in St John the Baptist Clontarf for The Church’s Ministry of Healing: Ireland

Saturday May 21st 2022 3pm

Sermon preached by the archbishop Michael Jackson


Jesus said again, Peace be with you! As the Father sent me, so I send you.” (John 20:21)


Today we gather for a Service of Thanksgiving and of Remembrance for the work of The Ministry of Healing, not only in this diocese but throughout the Church of Ireland. And we do so on the ninetieth anniversary of our foundation. In this thanksgiving, we remember those who on countless dark evenings and in countless small corners have prayed for the sick and for those who have asked for prayers for their healing. Only they know the distresses to which they are inviting God to respond.


Those same individual prayer-s have instinctively widened their prayer to pray for the needs of the world and its peoples – in the spirit of wholeness and healing together – and who would not wish to offer the embrace of God to the peoples of Ukraine and of Russia today and to all other peoples remembered and forgotten in similar plight the world over? God’s healing is boundless and only waiting to be invited to act. Who are: the sick? They are people who as individuals are known to other people as individuals. They are people for whom other people stop what they are otherwise doing in order to care, to remember before God and for whom they want to share their hope, whatever the future may hold. But you will go on to say: Hope for what? I reply: Hope for healing and what is more than that: healing that may or may not result in physical or mental or spiritual cure, but which always expresses itself in care. Healing and cure are not the same thing. But the assurance of Christian Healing constantly is that it will result in a closer walk with God among those who care for the one and the many who are sick and in need and for the myriad of individuals who have asked for care and prayer.


We rest in the Season of Easter. We read in the rapidly moving chapter 20 of St John’s Gospel of two particular types of healing. One involves no touch whatsoever, Mary of Magdala; one involves close touch and the invitation to dig deep more than once, Thomas the Twin. Both at the same time and in the same spiritual movement involve The Risen Lord, and that is the point; and that is why it is good to hold this service of thanksgiving in The Season of Easter. This is our point of connection. This is our focus of hope. This is our real presence of Christ Jesus the Healer risen and among us. Healing, in our context of embodied faith, always involves the holding together of the body of Christ and the body of humanity, Passion and Resurrection, Creator and creation. Jesus asks Mary to refrain from touching him; he is still in an in-between state and needs to be left to ascend. Jesus asks Thomas to touch him and to plunge his finger into the hole made by the soldier’s spear in his side, to look at his hands and to make a very particular connection of faith in the physical. We have no option but to go with the scriptural flow of contradiction. Spiritual healing involves both not-touching and touching. Both of these very vivid pictures in tandem take us to the heart of healing: what it is to be transformed, each of us differently, by meeting The Risen Lord Jesus who carries beyond the grave his experiences of our life and gives back again to us those experiences for our experiencing transfigured by Passion and Resurrection. In so doing, he transforms and heals our on-going life.


Recently, I was at a residential meeting to do with theology in the Four Anglican Provinces of these islands and one of the participants who had expected to be present was unable to do so because she had to take her husband to hospital to have a particular eye procedure and then needed to get him home and keep tabs on him. There was no pre-assured sense of how the procedure would go. It might not have worked. The procedure was successful and the participant who could not come to the meeting was able to join us by zoom from home. A devout person who is also a medical doctor who was present at the meeting said, totally unselfconsciously: Yes, Tom has received a miracle. In our generation, as in previous generations but now with a very particular urgency, an urgency of honesty, of credibility, of breath-taking advances in medical science and of lived experience, we need to face the active relationship between the spiritual and the medical: healing relates to both, science and spirit relate to one another. I found this a wonderful thing to hear when I heard it said at the conference. Many of the happenings that we and others have by custom described as miracles are carried out, both routinely and in emergencies, by medical personnel and by the advances in medical science. And such insights and appreciations are essential for our generation to speak out boldly in commending The Ministry of Healing with all of its integrity, all of its rich history and all of its human and divine hopefulness – and to make and to hold the connections between both with confidence and without embarrassment.


Before the Season of Easter passes us by completely, let us harness what it is to accompany, what it is to connect God with those who seek healing. Let us go further and let us offer ourselves as agents of healing to others. After all, this is our commissioning as disciples of Christ the Healer and the Teacher and the Giver of Life.  I am not saying something trite, such as: Anyone can pray, anyone can heal. What I am saying is that, as children of the Resurrection, as people of gift and adventure, we need to want to take the peace that Christ Risen brings to his disciples then, as recorded in St John chapter 20, into the world now. When I worked in St Finbarre’s Cathedral in Cork, I remember going to visit a parishioner who had to have a cataract removed in the Cork University Hospital. This was a major outing for this lady and she faced it with fortitude and faith. While I sat with her, I simply let her tell her story. And I remember what she said: I will never forget what it was like when they pulled away the patch and I could see clearly the light once again. This faithful parishioner, with whom I celebrated Holy Communion monthly in her home in the flat of the city, had grasped the connection of light, miracle and medicine. God inhabits the totality of our world as its creator. God inhabits the totality of who we are and what we do. We have no need to collude with any stand-off between religion and science when it comes to healing. The Prayer Book speaks in a simple phrase of: patient continuance in welldoing … In its original context, it relates to Christian citizenship. We can give it voice in Christian healing as another expression of: patient continuance in welldoing … So many of those whose loves and instincts we celebrate today have done just this without fuss or fanfare throughout their times of association with The Ministry of Healing. We are called and commissioned by our baptism to do the same.


In this church dedicated to St John the Baptizer, I give thanks with you for the Ministry of Healing and, in the words of The Collect for St John the Baptist’s Day, I encourage you as that prayer encourages everyone at the mid-point of the year, June 24th to take up this charge:

 … after his example constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice and patiently suffer for the truth’s sake. This is a truth of faith, a truth of hope, a truth of justice, a truth of healing that sets us free to continue to prepare the way of the Lord in our time and in our place.


“Then Jesus breathed on them, saying, Receive the Holy Spirit!” (John 20:22)



CMH:I Annual Thanksgiving Service & Gift Day, 21st May 2022

This year is the 90th anniversary of the start of the Church’s Ministry of Healing in Ireland.

To mark the occassion we would like to invite you to CMH:I’s Annual Thanksgiving Service & Gift Day on Saturday, 21st May 2022 at 3pm in Clontarf parish. The preacher on the day will be Arcbishop Michael Jackson.

During the service there will be an opportunity for prayer ministry and anointing with oil.

Due to the pandemic, it has been a few years since we were able to have our Annula Thanksgiving Service, so we are especially looking forward to welcoming you this year.

We hope you will be able to join us in order to celebrate Christ’s gift of healing with us.

All are welcome!

“Out of the Silence, Alleluia will Rise” – Quiet Day, 9th April 2022

CMH:I and Clontarf parish would like to invite you to an in-person and online Quiet Day
on Saturday 9 April, 11am-1pm.

In-person venue is Church of St. John the Baptist, Clontarf.
You can also join us via the webcam on

The Quiet Day “Out of the Silence, Alleluia will Rise” will be led by Dr. Iva Beranek, Ministry Facilitator of CMH:I.

We hope you can join us.

Online Healing Service, 16th March 2022

I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears; I will heal you.” 2 Kings 20:5

CMH:I would like to invite you to join us for our Online Service of Wholeness and Healing on Wednesday, 16th March 2022 via Facebook live.

The service will be led by Rev Lesley Robinson and start at 12noon.
You can find our Facebook page here:

If you would like us to pray for someone during the service, please email their first name before 5pm on Tuesday, 15th March. You can email it to Please put CMH:I healing service in the subject line.

Our new Bank holiday on 18th March is a Day of Remembrance, where we are invited to take time to remember the impact of the pandemic. We will do the same at this healing service.  We hope you can join us as we continue to pray for healing.

Be free to let others know.

May God strengthen you in your inner being

“I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.” (Ephesians 3:16-17)

These last two years of the pandemic have been hard for everyone. We have all had our own individual struggles, some more traumatic than others, but no one can say they were left unaffected. We are not the same people we were when the pandemic started. The journey of the last two years changed us, perhaps even significantly. Our relationship with God most likely changed as well.

We all pray differently; some of us love set prayers, or we like to read the Scripture. Others simply sit in silence before God. However we pray, it is important that whatever is happening in our loves is also part of our prayer, and that prayer informs our life. Like ebb and flow of the ocean’s waves on the shore. Especially when there are difficult experiences we are facing, and difficult emotions within us, it helps to bring them to God. Psalms are full of the words of anguish and anger as well as hope, faith and love. In the Gospels we see Jesus angry, crying at a death of his friend, as well as taking part at a wedding celebration. So do not be afraid to bring how you feel into your own prayer. I encourage you to be real with God.

What was your greatest struggle over the last year or two? Where was God in your life?
What blessings did you encounter?

It may be scary to answer some of these questions. Take time, and sit with your answers. Set time aside each day for private prayer, and let God support you through what you have been dealing with.

God wants to strengthen our inner being. And we all know we could use this strengthening.
Bring to God what is the most precious in your heart. Bring your desires, fears, hopes. In that sacred moment when you sit before God, let Him love you. Let Him pour out His affection into the innermost parts of your soul. Talk to Jesus, but also be silent in His presence and simply let Him show you His love.

“I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth,  and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:18-19)

© Dr. Iva Beranek

Lunchtime Healing Services in St Ann’s, Daswon Street resume on Tuesday, 22nd February

After a two-year break, the lunchtime Services of Wholeness and Healing are resuming at St Ann’s, Dawson street, starting from Tuesday, 22nd February at 12.45pm.

Archbishop Michael Jackson will be the celebrant on the day.

If you are free, we would be delighted if you would join us.

From March onwards, services will take place each week on a Tuesday.

All are welcome!

CMH: D&G Monthly Online Healing Prayer Circle

The Dublin & Glendalough Diocesan Committee of the Church’s Ministry of Healing is offering a Healing Prayer Circle to be held through Zoom. The first Healing Prayer Circle will be at 7pm on Monday, 7th February 2022. From March onwards it will be held on the second Monday of every month. 

It is an hour of prayer given in two sections with a short break between. The first section is a twenty minute session of  the Welcoming Prayer and the second section is a time spent in Centering Prayer. 

The Welcoming prayer reminds us of the words of St. Paul: “Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you” (1 Corinthians 6:19).

Centering Prayer is based on the word of Jesus: “Whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and you Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6).

Both prayer sessions begin with a short introduction. These two ways of praying are likened to Mary and Martha at their home when Jesus comes to visit (Luke 10:38 – 42). Martha, as we all are at times, is worried and distracted by many things. The Welcoming Prayer helps us deal with our distractions and indeed can help heal the wounds of a life-time. Meanwhile Mary sits at the feet of Jesus and this is likened to sitting in Centering Prayer when we sit at the feet of Jesus. There is a five minute break between the sessions and anyone who needs to leave then can do so.

Centering Prayer 

There are four very simple guidelines for Centering Prayer which are part of the introduction to the prayer. Centering Prayer is a time of sitting in shared silence. We hold the prayerful silence for one another. While the time of silence is offered as a session of Centering Prayer, everyone is free to follow their own preferred way of silent prayer or their own practice of meditation. Sitting together in silent prayer helps us find a greater depth of silence before God and supports us with our individual daily prayer. It is understood that when engaged in Centering Prayer we are praying, not only for the people we know and love, but for the whole world.

Welcoming Prayer 

People are perhaps less familiar with Welcoming Prayer. This is a short description:

We are led through a body scan and given time to bring our consciousness to the body, to our relationship with our body, to our self-talk, and to whatever feelings or memories or pain is stored in the body, whatever anxiety or fears we are carrying. Often we deny or repress whatever feelings we have in order to get on with life. In the Welcoming Prayer we welcome whatever we find, whatever feelings come up for us during the prayer. We honour the truth of what is going on for us in the moment. Our body is the warehouse of every emotion we have ever felt: the container for the unresolved, repressed emotional material of a lifetime. The Welcoming Prayer addresses the wounds wherever they are stored and however they present during the prayer. The practice of this prayer brings healing and freedom. We are  turning to and placing our trust in God, the Divine Therapist. This is a gentle way of transformation.  

The Healing Prayer Circle will be led by Carol Casey who is very experienced in facilitating healing prayer groups. Anyone who would like an invitation to join may contact Revd Ross Styles, Chair of Dublin & Glendalough Diocesan Committee of the Church’s Ministry of Healing at and he will be glad to send you the Zoom link.

All are welcome.

CMH: D&G Monthly Online Healing Service

An online Service of Wholeness and Healing takes place via Zoom at 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of each month, hosted by Revd Canon Lesley Robinson of Clontarf Parish. Each service includes an opportunity for scripture reflection and open prayer for those who wish to contribute. All are welcome to join at the following link:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 889 6724 8402

Passcode: 395430

“The is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: ‘I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you.” (2 Kings 20:5)

Online Healing Service, 20th December 2021

“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you”. (Psalm 55:22)

In the last week of Advent, CMH:I would like to invite you to join us for our Online Service of Wholeness and Healing on Monday, 20th December 2021 via Facebook live.

The service will be led by Rev Lesley Robinson and start at 12noon.

You can find our Facebook page here:

If you would like us to pray for someone during the service, please email their first name before 10am on Monday, 20th December. You can email it to & please put CMH:I healing service in the subject line.

As we prepare for Christmas, let us come together in prayer and pray for all who need healing.

Be free to let others know.

CMH:I wishes you a beautiful and Happy Christmas!


Create space for God this Advent

“The Lord is coming, always coming. When you have ears to hear and eyes to see, you will recognize him at any moment of your life. Life is Advent; life is recognizing the coming of the Lord.” Henri Nouwen

Advent is approaching. For some people it is a hectic time of the year, others love it.

What about you?

It is good to be intentional as the Advent season is at the door. Decorate your space, perhaps with Advent wreath. Every week light a new candle and ask God to bring more light into your life, into your heart.

Take a moment in your days to stop, pause, take a deep breath & know that God is with you.
You are not walking alone.

Pray with Scripture. Take the Sunday Gospel & sit with it for 20-30 minutes. What stands out? Where is God speaking to you?

We will be preparing for Christmas, to celebrate the birth of Jesus with a renewed awareness of God’s goodness. God brought us His presence in Jesus, but know that He longs for your presence too. Your presence is a gift to God. And a gift to those around you.

Gratitude helps us see the good that already is in our lives.

Have a fruitful Advent this year.

Iva Beranek