by Andrew Medrano
On Thursday, August 9, 2012 over 100 attended the Eucharistic Healing Service at St. Matthew Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas, organized by The Pilgrim Center of Hope. Attendees were treated to an evening of prayer and spiritual cleansing brought by the presence of Christ through the Eucharist. Deacon Tom Fox led the service, with the assistance of Deacon Rafael Lara.
One attendee described their experience as having felt, “His (Christ’s) presence,” another said it was “letting stuff go.” A woman said it was “beautiful,” and yet another described it as “transcendent. It brought me so much peace.”
Judge Victor H. Negron, Jr., founding president of Eucharistic Adoration of San Antonio, gave a welcome and introduction, encouraging those attending to be prepared to receive the presence of Christ. He further explained the power of the Eucharist as demonstrated in various miracles including the Miracle of Lanciano, Italy in the 8th century. Judge Negron also recognized St. Matthew parish for 25 years of Perpetual Adoration.
Deacon Fox commenced the service with prayer and readings from the Gospel of Matthew, praying, “Help us, Lord Jesus, to put our trust in you.” Deacon Fox led attendees in a guided reflection, meditation and prayer, asking Christ to help attendees be free all distractions, have humility to come to Him, forgive those who have hurt deeply, and to heal pain from the past. Praise was also given for the healing that was to be received. The service ended with traditional Eucharistic hymns, and participants were encouraged to make commitments to spend time with Jesus through Eucharistic Adoration.
The spiritual presence that some described they felt, enabled them to release prior struggles and experience a peace like they never felt before. As Deacon Fox stated, “Today is the first day to rest of our lives.”