Publications

The Guild has always been noted for its publications.


In the past it produced a number of booklets and leaflets on a wide variety of subjects to do with the ministry of healing. Some of these remain ‘classics’, and in their time filled important gaps - with teaching on neglected or controversial subjects, such as anointing and exorcism. The Guild also provided forms of service for use when the ministry of healing was administered, and books of prayers for those who were ill.

Times have changed. Not only is there a wealth of literature available on many aspects of the healing ministry, but the Church has also acted in its official capacity. The report A Time to Heal and its companion handbook The Development of Good Practice in the Healing Ministry, fill many of the gaps which formerly the Guild sought to fill. And the new services for Wholeness and Healing in Common Worship: Pastoral Services provide ample liturgical material for most occasions.

In this changed situation the Guild has tended to focus on teaching. There is still a dearth of good material about healing from within the catholic and sacramental tradition, and the Guild has endeavoured to fill this gap. It has always had a reputation for serious theological thinking and tackling subjects in depth, and its present publications are continuing that tradition.

Here is a list of our main publications

Chrism

Published half-yearly in May and November, and widely read by many people who are not Guild members, Chrism is our main channel of communication when it comes to covering in depth the many facets of the healing scene. Click on
[ Chrism ] for a description of current and past issues, and on
[ Topics ] for many of the articles that have appeared in it down the years.

Guild News

This is our 'in house' newsletter which comes out at the same time as Chrism and goes to every Guild member. It contains news and views and, usually, a single page teaching article on some aspect of the ministry of healing. Please click on
[ Guild News ] for more details.

Christ's Ministry of Healing

Subtitled, A Contribution from the Guild of St Raphael, this is a 48 page booklet containing a number of essays by different members of the Guild Council. Recently reprinted by popular demand, it is an admirable booklet for introducing people to the thinking of the Guild on many matters to do with the ministry of healing. Price £3 from the Guild Office. For more details please click on
[Christ's Ministry of Healing]

The Henry Cooper Lectures

The full text of many of these is still available from the relevant copies of Chrism. Enquiries to the Guild Office. Prebendary Henry Cooper was Editor of Chrism from 1954 until his death in 1982, and the author of a number of booklets on various subjects connected with the ministry of healing. He was a very influential figure in the Guild. The Henry Cooper Lectures were instituted in memory of him, and were given annually from 1983 until 2001. For more details please click on
[Henry Cooper Lectures]