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Sacraments

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Only the pastoral ministers of healing, Agnes Sanford and Francis MacNutt are dealt with in this chapter, since they stand for the Episcopal and Roman Catholic traditions respectively, both of whom recognize the seven sacraments and relate several of them to healing. Several sacraments are believed by Agnes Sanford to provide a point of contact between Christ's healing power and the believer. The sacrament of penance carries a great significance for healing in Sanford's view. Not only does it help the person in need of healing, but can also be used by the minister of healing to increase his power to heal. Francis MacNutt devotes a short chapter to the healing effect of the sacraments. He believes that most sacraments bear on healing in one way or another. The sacrament of orders is understood by MacNutt as setting the priest apart for a Jesus-style ministry of preaching, healing, and deliverance.

Keywords: Episcopal traditions; MacNutt; Roman Catholic traditions; Sacrament; Sanford

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