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There is no one who in the course of a lifetime has not had to face some form of illness.
Illness is inevitably linked to the human condition. 

No organism is perfectly healthy. 
'Health' itself is never more than a balance between the forces of life and other forces that oppose them.

Christians with strong faith should seek ultimate healing from diseases in
Jesus Christ
who is the Source of all healing.

Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, bless, sanctify and protect me by the power of Thy life-giving Cross.
Orthodox Prayers in Times of Sickness 

Prayers of Thanksgiving, Protection, Deliverance

O Lord grant that I may meet all that this coming day brings to me with spiritual tranquility.
Grant that I may fully surrender myself to Thy Holy Will. At every hour of this day direct and support me in all things. Whatever news may reach me in the course of this day, teach me to accept it with a calm soul and with the firm conviction that all is subject to Thy Holy Will.  Guide my thoughts and feelings in all my words and actions. In all unexpected occurrences let me not forget that all is sent down from Thee. Grant me to deal in a straightforward and wise manner with every member of my family, neither embarrassing nor saddening anyone.  Lord, grant me strength to endure the fatigue of the coming day, and all the events that will take place during it. Guide my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to be patient, to forgive and to love.   Prayer of the Optina Elders
Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel - Holy Archangel of God, Michael, with your lightning fast sword, drive away from us the evil spirit that tempts us.  O great Archangel of God, Michael, victor over the demons, conquer and put down all enemies visible and invisible and pray to the All Sovereign Lord that He save us from sorrows and all sicknesses, from death-bearing plagues and from sudden death, now and forever, and to the ages of ages.  Amern.
Canon for the Sick - Sessional Hymn, Tone 8   I lie on a bed of sinfulness, wounded by the passions. But as Thou didst raise Peter's mother-in-law and save the paralytic who was carried about with his bed, so do Thou now also visit mine infirmity, O Merciful One Who didst bear the infirmities of our race.  Thee alone we know to be patient and compassionate, a merciful Physician of souls and bodies, Christ our God, Who sendest sickness and again healing, Who grantest forgiveness unto them that repent of their sins, and Who alone art merciful and compassionate.

I, a sinner, lie weeping upon my bed.  Grant me pardon, O Christ God, raise me up from this sickness, and free me from the sins which I have committed from my youth.  Through the prayers of the Mother of God grant these petitions.  

Take pity and save me, raise me up from my sick-bed; for my strength within me hath failed, and I am entirely possessed by desperation.  O Christ God, heal me who am grievously ill, for Thou are the Divine Physician of body and soul.  

I Have Found a Physician - Prayer of St. Ambrose - Attributed to St. Matthew at his conversion.

Thee alone I follow, Lord Jesus, Who heals my wounds.  For what shall separate me from the love of God, which is in Thee?  Shall tribulation, or distress or famine?  I am held fast as though by nails and fettered by the bonds of charity.  Remove from me, O Lord Jesus, with Thy potent sword, the corruption of my sins.  Secure me in the bonds of Thy love, cut away what is corrupt in me.  Come quickly and make an end of my many hidden and secret afflictions and vices.  Open the wound, lest the evil humor, the infection spread.  With Thy new washing, cleanse in me all that is stained.  Hear me, you earthly men, who in your sins bring forth drunken thoughts:

I have found a Physician. 

He dwells in heaven and distributes His healing on earth.  He alone can heal my pains Who Himself has none.  He alone Who knows what is hidden can take away the grief of my heart, the fear of my soul - Jesus Christ.

Christ is Grace!
Christ is Life!
Christ is Resurrection!

Your wounds do not surpass the Physician's skill. 
Have faith, tell the Physician what ails you.  - Saint Cyril of Jerusalem


The Spiritual struggle is this:  to transfigure anything that happens to you into something good.   Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia

Learn to accept suffering with joy, then find joy within suffering.
I do not pray for God to make me well, I pray for Him to make me holy. I am certain that God knows that I am in pain. But I pray for my soul, for God to forgive, cure and heal all my sins. - St. Porphyrios
I am Your God, the One who arranges everything, and it is not by accident that you find yourself in the place where you are. - St. Seraphim of Sarov
God loves us very much, He has us in mind in every moment, and He protects us . We should know this and not be afraid of anything. - St. Porphyrios
If you say, 'Thy will be done,' do not worry anymore. And if you and Him the ship of your life, do not be afraid of drowning, for He will guide you and bring you to safety. Have patience. Patience is the strongest medicine that heals great and long-lasting trials. - St. Paisios
We must be prepared to accept the will of God. The Lord permits all sorts of things to happen to us contrary to our will, for if we always have it our way, we will not be prepared for the Kingdom of Heaven. Neither heaven nor earth will receive those who are self-willed. God has a Divine Plan for each one of us, and we must submit to His plan. We must accept life as it is given to us without asking 'Why me?' We must know that nothing on earth or in heaven ever happens without the will of God or His permission. We must not become too engrossed with our hardships but concentrate on preserving inner peace. Even when we are praying for something, we are trying to force our will instead of accepting God's. All hardships and sorrows that God sends us are necessary for us, but we do not understand this when we are young. When we are older then we understand that this is the way God shows His love for us. Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica
How can you find out if you are living within the will of God? Here's the sign: if you are troubled about anything this means that you have not completely given yourself over to the will of God. A person who lives in the will of God is not concerned over anything. And if he needs anything, he gives both it and himself over to God. And if he does not receive the necessary thing, he remains calm nevertheless as if he had it. The soul which is given over to the will of God is afraid of nothing, not of thunder, nor of thieves, nothing. But whatever happens, he says, 'Thus it pleases God.' If he is sick, he says: this means that I need to be sick or else God would not have given it to me, thus peace is preserved in both soul and body. - St. Silouan the Athonite

Don't forget that God sees you and watches you when you are in pain - He perceives even the beating of your heart.  Consequently, He will not leave you without consolation and His Fatherly protection.  Elder Ephraim of Arizona

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