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Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Rosalena Black receives a Native blessing from Lacee Harris at the Blessing of the Hands at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 10, 2012. Spiritual care providers from many faiths, including a Catholic priest, a female Buddhist monk, a Protestant minister and an LDS chaplain, blessed nurses and other caregivers and hospital employees and volunteers. A native elder conducted a "smudging ceremony" considered a cleansing ritual that involves burning sweetgrass and sage and then gathering the smoke to encircle those being blessed as part of the rites.

SALT LAKE CITY — A sacred ritual called the "Blessing of the Hands" took place at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City on Thursday. Spiritual care providers from many faiths, including a Catholic priest, a female Buddhist monk, a Protestant minister and an LDS chaplain, blessed nurses and other caregivers and hospital employees and volunteers. A native elder conducted a "smudging ceremony" considered a cleansing ritual that involves burning sweetgrass and sage and then gathering the smoke to encircle those being blessed as part of the rites.