Healing mass

This evening was another one of the special services organized by the healing ministry team of which I am a part. It was quite a success. We began the evening with a rosary and time of praise, during which I heard confessions. The mass began at 7:30 pm, with the readings, mass prayers and homily oriented towards the question of sickness and healing. Afterwards, we had people come forward (if they wished) to be prayed over, while the sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick were offered by Fr. Mike McKenna and myself. I think I anointed over 20 people, all with serious illnesses — it was a beautiful experience.

One thing we did a bit differently this time is we had chairs put out for those being prayed over. While I do believe that being “slain in the Spirit” can be a legitimate phenomenon, I have also seen cases where I was quite convinced it wasn’t, making a mockery of the time of prayer through ostentatious display. It also sometimes kept people from coming forward for prayer, as they became fearful of falling down! I think the use of chairs helped keep it real: some people still received the gift of resting in the Spirit, and it encouraged others while cutting out the attention-seekers. All in all, I’m very happy with how things went, and now that we are putting in place a training program for future members of this ministry we can begin to expand a bit and live out the dream of slowly, slowly, extending more and more to the people of this diocese the healing touch of Jesus.