Newly Constructed KRH Chapel and Land Blessed
On Thursday, May 29 at Kingfisher Regional Hospital’s construction site a chapel and land blessing ceremony occurred in the newly constructed chapel.
Why a blessing you may ask? Dictionary.com states to bless is “to request of God the bestowal of divine favor on; to bestow good of any kind upon.” In the bible (New Living Translation) Deuteronomy 11:29, “When the Lord your God brings you into the land and helps you take possession of it, you must pronounce the blessing.” Blessing ceremonies are done for many reasons. “They are done to give thanks for good things, to help resolve bad things, in celebrations, and in penance.” Blessing ceremonies are done to facilitate change. The birth of a baby changes its own status, making it an independent human. Buying land changes the status of the land, and the responsibilities of the former owners and the new owners. Building a home or business on the land changes things yet again. “The various spiritual entities associated with the land for which the blessing is being sought and the ancestors of the people involved are called upon.” This is to remind us that the land was here before us, and the land will be here after us. We are merely current in a long succession of stewards.
Kingfisher Regional Hospital called upon Pastor Shane Rackley, President of Kingfisher Ministerial Alliance, Reverend Stephen Hamilton of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and Cheyenne tribal chief Gordon Yellowman to perform the blessing ceremony. The chapel is the first part of the hospital that is being built. It’s the core of our legacy.
Father Hamilton began the ceremony with prayer followed by Chief/ Sundance Priest Yellowman who gave a traditional Native American Blessing. “I’m going to bless the ground. I’ll call upon the spirits to bless all of us, the community and the people who will work here.” Chief Yellowman called on several spirits in the Cheyenne language as he blessed the chapel. “ I call upon them in my native tongue, because the spirits do not understand English”, stated Chief Yellowman. Pastor Rackley read from Psalm 139: “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me…If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths you are there.” “I think this Psalm is really fitting because it will be read in the chapel. There might be a dad in the chapel giving praise for his child being born, but there might be a husband grieving in here because he has lost his wife”, stated Rackley. “These verses apply to both situations.”
Father Hamilton read from Matthew 4:23 “…..they brought Him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains….and He healed them.” “This will be a special place, a place of hope.” Pastor Rackley said. Father Hamilton completed the rite of blessing ceremony with the sprinkling of Holy water and prayer.
Those in attendance: Damon Benson, KRH CEO, Karen Hauser, President, KRH Board of Trustees, J.J. Jech, KRH Board Trustee, Richard Reynolds, Kingfisher City Manager, Jim Roberts, Construction Superintendent, Doran Hammett, KRH CFO, Cheryl Corkle, KRH director of registration and the volunteer chaplain program, and Angie Ulsaker, KRH director of marketing/ community outreach.
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