Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital Holds Blessing of the Hands Event
Ministers of different faiths bless hands of healthcare workers
The normally bustling cafeteria at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital had a different feel one recent morning when it invited members representing various faiths to bless the hands of healthcare workers.
The Blessing of the Hands includes holding hands, a prayer and special blessing. It can also include a reading or responsive reading, depending on the faith tradition and needs of the person being blessed. Because touch is such an important component of health care, the blessing is especially meaningful to physicians, nurses and other hospital staff. “We are basically asking for a blessing from our creator,” said Elton Yellowfish, who represented the American Indian tradition. “We ask for goodness and compassion at all times.”
As soft, peaceful music played and others enjoyed the breakfast buffet, hospital staff lined up to receive blessings from the Rev. Ben Sanders (First Southern Baptist Church on Mill), Elton Yellowfish (American Indian), Pastor Roy Cheriyan (International Assemblies of God Church) and pastoral care volunteers Linda Reichert, Sharon Bouros and Gerry Rahl.
“This blessing is very meaningful,” said Liz Cappucci, RN. “I work in the Wound Center, and we see the healing power of touch every day.” Rick Rambo, Ph.D., J.D., RN, Director of Nursing at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, said, “This is just one way that Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital wanted to express appreciation and thanks to those who give so much of themselves on a daily basis. This ceremony is a great way to start this week, which honors the work we do to serve our patients, families and community.”