“For I, the Lord, am your healer.” Exodus 15:26
That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, "He took our infirmities and bore our diseases." Matthew 8:16-17
During this mass, 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.
Who can receive healing prayers?
Anyone, both Catholics and non-Catholics, may receive healing prayers. All should come with an open heart and mind. For those who 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. Visible and tangible healing may come from an addiction or illness. Invisible and intangible healing of a memory or the freedom to forgive may also occur. 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. Everyone hurts differently so healing is is highly personal and different for everyone.
How often should someone experience healing prayers?
It’s perfectly fine to experience healing prayers as often as they are offered. Our priests 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.
Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects. James 5:16
Old Mission Santa Inés offers a Healing Mass on the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM in the church.