“Come. Now is the Time to Worship..”

God you have made us for yourself 

St Augustine

Almighty God,
you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless
till they find their rest in you;
so lead us by your Spirit
that in this life we may live to your glory
and in the life to come enjoy you for ever;


Last night I attended a mass, followed by  healing prayer led by Fr. Albert MacPherson. For over 30 years, Father Albert MacPherson, O.S.A., has traveled the globe on a healing mission. He takes his special healing ministry to parishes and provides parish communities with healing Masses and retreats.

After mass, dressed in a black cassock, using holy water, blessed salt, holy oil and traditional prayers of the Church, Father simply blesses the people with God performing wonderful miracles in his wake.

We sang this worship song COME, Now is the Time to Worship”  before mass. This song never fails to move me to tears and trigger a deep hunger for more of His presence. Later during the sermon, Father read numerous quotes from Saint Augustine, a saint who knew HOW to worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. Father’s words, as well as the testimonies of people who have been miraculously healed, stirred the longing in all of our hearts for God’s love. In explicably, throughout the entire service, tears flowed.

Have you ever just listened to this song?

“COME, Now is the Time to Worship.”

Come, now is the time to worship.

Come, now is the time to give your heart.
Oh, come. Just as you are to worship.
Come just as you are before your God.
Come.One day every tongue will confess
You are God.
One day every knee will bow.
Still the greatest treasure remains for those
who gladly choose you now.[Repeat]

Come, now is the time to worship.
Come, now is the time to give your heart.
Come, just as you are to worship.
Come, just as you are before your God.

Oh, come. Oh, come. Oh, come.
Worship the Lord. Oh, come.

Come, come, come…

Although not written by a Catholic, this song echoes the sentiments of Saint Augustine himself.

You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You.

Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back.

Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness.

Let us love. Let us run.

 As for me?… I will never be the same as I was before this mass, before Father MacPherson blessed me with holy oil. The Spirit pierced right through outer tensions, fears and defenses to my deepest self, touching and healing deeper than thought, deeper than emotions, through ancestral lines, releasing pain and filling me with joy. HE, God is in charge during this healing prayer and Father MacPherson is just a aqueduct…although he is a very open aqueduct.


4 thoughts on ““Come. Now is the Time to Worship..”

  1. The one amazing thing I find about faith is that people are able to lead a Catholic life unaware of the great gift bestowed on them…not long though: they are usually looking for the spring of true water to quench their thirst. G.K. Chesterton was one of them.


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