Monthly Masses with Healing Prayers
Saint Andrew’s offers a monthly Mass with Healing Prayers beginning at 7:00pm in the church. The celebrant exposes the Eucharist before the final blessing, inviting all who wish to come up and receive healing prayers through the priesthood in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The liturgical celebration concludes with Benediction and a hymn in gratitude to the Blessed Mother. Priests are available to hear confessions throughout the evening. We invite you to bring your friends, family, and loved ones and join us.
Starting at 7:00pm in the church unless noted
Sunday, April 23, 2017 (1:30pm)
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 (new date!)
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Children’s Healing Masses
Saint Andrew’s also offers Masses with Healing Prayers for Children four times per year beginning at 6:30pm. Following a Mass paced for children, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and Father Dan Leary provides a talk specifically for the children. He then invites families to come forward to kneel together before Our Lord in adoration and the children receive healing prayers through the priesthood. Confession is also available throughout the evening. These masses are for all children, not just sick children. For more information about Children’s Healing Masses, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting at 6:30pm in the church
Friday, June 9, 2017
Comments:“To kneel before the Blessed Sacrament with an open heart and receive God’s grace and healing through the priest’s anointed hands is such a blessing. It’s a personal encounter and experience with Christ.” C.M. “Although every Mass is a healing Mass, especially when we receive the gift of Christ in the Eucharist, the intercessory prayers of God’s priests in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament are powerful. The experience has brought me a deep personal awareness of God’s infinite love and mercy and brought me closer in my relationship with Him. All of this has filled me with a great sense of peace and joy.” L.L. “Healing Masses, for me, have been a profound experience of encountering Christ. Through these healing prayers together with the sacraments of Holy Communion and Confession, Our Lord has converted and opened up my heart and has poured in a tremendous amount of His peace, grace, love and compassion.” M.P.
Why are healing prayers offered during Eucharistic Adoration?
Christ in the Blessed Sacrament is exposed because the Lord is the Healer. The priest stands in persona Christi to offer intercessory prayers and serve as an instrument to bring Christ’s healing grace to the people through the power of the Holy Spirit.
What is the atmosphere like during the healing prayers?
The atmosphere is one of great reverence, in which the primary focus is on the sacredness of the Blessed Sacrament, and is maintained through prayerful and meditative music and silent Eucharistic Adoraton. Traditional practices for solemn Exposition and Benediction are followed, during which incense and bells are used in keeping with the Church’s custom. Because of the solemnity of the atmosphere, and the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, modest dress is appropriate. To ensure appropriate modesty of dress within the Sanctuary, all who come forward to receive healing prayers are wrapped with a shawl.
Who can receive healing prayers?
Anyone may receive healing prayers, both Catholics and non-Catholics. All should come with an open heart and mind. For those that are Catholic, it is better to be in a state of grace. Healing prayers do not take the place of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. There is much greater healing that takes place during Confession.
What kind of healing might occur?
One may experience emotional, spiritual, physical, psychological, or relational healing. It might be visible and tangible as in healing from an addiction or illness, or invisible and intangible as in the healing of a memory or the freedom to forgive. The healing may not seem to happen as soon as one experiences the prayers, but may instead become apparent to them as the Lord continues to work in them over the days, weeks, months, and even years that follow.
What should one do once they approach the Blessed Sacrament to be prayed over?
The person awaiting healing prayers should be reverently kneeling and completely focused on the Blessed Sacrament. This is his or her personal time with Christ. They shouldn’t worry about anyone else around them. They should be communicating with Him through prayer. They should ask the Holy Spirit for an open heart that is free of fears and doubts so that they might be free to receive God’s grace.
What does it mean to pray in proxy for someone else?
A person can always stand in prayer for the healing of someone else who is not present and petition God on their behalf. To pray for someone in proxy, think of the person for whom you want to pray as you kneel before the Blessed Sacrament and offer them to Jesus Christ. Some people might bring a small picture of the person they wish to pray for, but this is not necessary. God will always know what is in their heart.
What does it mean to “Rest in the Spirit?”
The Lord touches the hearts of some people in a way that allows them to trust in His presence. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, a person may be filled with such a heightened state of inner awareness that the body can no longer support itself. It isn’t the same as fainting or sleep, and the person does not lose consciousness. Under the healing power of the Holy Spirit, one may rest in His love. They should trust that something is happening in them even though they may not feel it. Everyone who “Rests in the Spirit” is gently covered with a blanket which removes any concern about their appearance. They should stay in the position of relaxation as long as they feel they should.
What if someone doesn’t “Rest in the Spirit?”
The healing power of God through the Holy Spirit doesn’t depend on whether or not someone “Rests in the Spirit.” Whether or not a person “rests” also doesn’t mean they are any more or less holy than another person. God has a unique plan for each of us, at this moment in each of our lives.
Why do some people have different reactions while they are being prayed over or while they are “Resting?”
God touches and heals each person in their own unique way. He doesn’t want one to compare or judge, but to just trust in His unique plan for them and remain open to His love and grace.
How often should someone experience healing prayers?
It’s perfectly fine to experience healing prayers as often as they are offered. Saint Andrew’s is blessed to have a priest who is willing to offer healing prayers and sometimes visiting priests may also offer healing prayers. With each experience, one may grow deeper in their relationship with God as more barriers to that relationship are removed and healed.
Instruction on Prayers for Healing (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith)
The Power of Healing Prayer: Overcoming Emotional and Psychological Blocks by Richard McAlear, O.M.I.
Deliverance from Evil Spirits by Michael Scanlan, T.O.R. and Randall Cirner
The Healing Power of the Eucharist by John Hampsch, C.M.F.
Healing Through the Mass Robert DeGrandis, S.S.J. with Linda Schubert