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March 16, 2012

Healing service at Holy Family Church Monday

AMESBURY — A Catholic priest who runs a full-time healing ministry will visit Holy Family Church on Monday to hold a healing service.

The healing service will follow a 7 p.m. Mass.

The Rev. Albert MacPherson, an Augustinian priest, travels the world with the ministry he started in 1983.

A native of Canada, MacPherson is no stranger to Holy Family Parish. He has come to the Amesbury church multiple times in the past, coinciding with his visits to Our Mother of Consolation Friary in Lawrence.

During the healing service, MacPherson will lay his hand on anyone who wants to participate.

"The Holy Spirit comes down on you," Holy Family parishioner Joyce Meekins said. "Many people go down and rest in the Spirit."

The images of people falling backward are similar to the Pentecostal church, where members fall back when prayed over.

Meekins said healings don't always involve being physically healed; they can also include emotional or even spiritual healing.

"The Lord comes in and he heals where you need to be healed," she said. "It's a beautiful couple of hours."

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