Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Healing Your Family Tree

My Pastor emailed this prayer to me a few months back, when my husband and I were in a multi-day argument.  Are you familiar with this prayer?

It is recommended to pray this prayer everyday.  It is also recommended that the best time to pray it is immediately after Holy Communion, "when you and Jesus Christ are one; when you are like the Blessed Virgin Mary - a living tabernacle of The Savior.  That is when you are holiest, and when your prayers are most efficacious.  A few minutes of heartfelt prayer after receiving Jesus in the Eucharist while in the state of grace are worth many hours of prayer later on." (Source:

Heavenly Father, I come before you as your child, in great need of your help; I have physical health needs, emotional needs, spiritual needs, and interpersonal needs.  Many of my problems have been caused by my own failures, neglect and sinfulness, for which I humbly beg your forgiveness, Lord.  But I also ask you to forgive the sins of my ancestors whose failures have left their effects on me in the form of unwanted tendencies, behavior patterns and defects in body, mind and spirit.  Heal me, Lord, of all these disorders.

With your help I sincerely forgive everyone, especially living or dead members of my family tree, who have directly offended me or my loved ones in any way, or those whose sins have resulted in our present sufferings and disorders.  In the name of your divine Son, Jesus, and in the power of his Holy Spirit, I ask you, Father, to deliver me and my entire family tree from the influence of the evil one.  Free all living and dead members of my family tree, including those in adoptive relationships, and those in extended family relationships, from every contaminating form of bondage.  By your loving concern for us, heavenly Father, and by the shed blood of your precious Son, Jesus, I beg you to extend your blessing to me and to all my living and deceased relatives.  Heal every negative effect transmitted through all past generations, and prevent such negative effects in future generations of my family tree.

I symbolically place the cross of Jesus over the head of each person in my family tree, and between each generation; I ask you to let the cleansing blood of Jesus purify the bloodlines in my family lineage.  Set your protective angels to encamp around us, and permit Archangel Raphael, the patron of healing, to administer your divine healing power to all of us, even in areas of genetic disability.  Give special power to our family members' guardian angels to heal, protect, guide and encourage each of us in all our needs.  Let your healing power be released at this very moment, and let it continue as long as your sovereignty permits.

In our family tree, Lord, replace all bondage with a holy bonding in family love.  And let there be an ever-deeper bonding with you, Lord, by the Holy Spirit, to your Son, Jesus.  Let the family of the Holy Trinity pervade our family with its tender, warm, loving presence, so that our family may recognize and manifest that love in all our relationships.  All of our unknown needs we include with this petition that we pray in Jesus' precious Name.  Amen.

St. Joseph, Patron of family life, pray for us.  Our Lady Queen of Peace, pray for us.
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If you have questions about this prayer please see "Response to Objections about the Healing of the Family Tree".  You'll need to scroll down after you hit the hyperlink.


  1. I have Father's book on healing the family tree. Fr. De Grandis also has a book out called Intergenerational Healing that is very good. I recommend these books and the prayer you suggest. My mom and I have had some odd experiences while praying these prayers - they are powerful. We would pray them after the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet.

    Praying this one at Mass after receiving Communion sounds like a great idea!!

    God bless!

  2. Colleen, I think this is important. I have heard more than one appointed exorcist of the Church admit that there really can be curses placed on people, and that in particular, certain drug dealers also call down the devil to curse those who consume these illegal drugs. Sounds a bit like something from a novel, but apparently it's true.

    Also, anyone who has ever been involved in the occult will usually have residual isses that need to be healed.

    It certainly can't hurt. God bless you for sharing.


  3. Colleen, Thanks for posting this. My pastor gave me a copy of this prayer a few years ago, but I seem to have misplaced it. He told me to pray it often before the Blessed Sacrament.
    Happy Mother's Day...+

  4. I think it is a great prayer. With the history of abuse in my family, I have prayed it often.
    God bless.

  5. Happy Mother's Day, dear Colleen. I hope you had a most Blessed Day. Am thinking of and praying for you.

    Patricia xo

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