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The Lord's Hug


I grew up in a religious community, studied 11 years in a Catholic school exclusively for girls. Basically, I knew who God was growing up. In high school, I would pass by the school's chapel everyday before entering our classroom. I did that everyday, except for those times when I'd arrive late for school.

After high school, I entered a non-sectarian school for my college in the year 2007. We seldom had masses or any religious activities aside from annual retreats. I found myself slowly fading away from God.

Then, in the year 2010, a life changing event happened to me. This certain event, which I wouldn't want to disclose, made me more and more religious. I'd pray fervently to God, visit St. Pio's Shrine, attend novenas and get the feeling of excitement every time I'm on my way to hear mass. Sometimes, I get surprised by how devoted I am/wanna be with my faith and my God.

I'm saying this just to give you an overview of my religious life/views. I love God and I will always be proud of this.

Getting back to my story, after I became more and more religious, I noticed something different happening to me. Each time I am inside the church, usually while singing the Lord's Prayer, I'd feel tightness, heaviness and tingling sensation in the left side of my chest. I never feel this elsewhere. I don't feel this when I run, exercise or do extraneous activities. I only feel this inside the church, usually during singing the Lord's Prayer.

Just last week, while having Novena in St. Therese Child of Jesus, I felt the same tightness and heaviness in the left side of my chest. It lasted for 10 minutes with variation in severity.

Few weeks ago I had my ECG and it was all normal. I don't have any history of heart problem. And even if I do, why do I only feel this inside the church (with proper ventilation) and most usually during the Lord's Prayer?

I don't know exactly what's going on with me or if there's anyone out there with the same spiritual experience. Right now, for me, I see it as God's way of hugging my heart tightly, telling me that everything's going to be okay...

Anyone out there experiencing "The Lord's hug" too?

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Nicolas (guest)
7 months ago (2023-10-31)
I feel this too a heavy or a light feeling on my heart on the left side of my chest I believe it is the Holy Spirit some times I tell the Holy Spirit I love him and I feel the feeling on my chest since we all feel it it must be the Holy Spirit the Bible says people will feel them differently some times depending on the people and what there going through always remember God loves you don't let the enemy trick you into thinking it's them cause the devil will try this they tried to do this to me I hear demons and being spiritually oppressed waiting on deliverance stay strong brothers and sisters if you ever feel the Holy Spirit like this lean into it and try talking to the feeling to him and you will be surprised when he responds with a feeling for me he does he tells me he loves me with the heavy feeling I started to draw really close to Jesus to God and he drawed close to me too now I'm one spirit with the Holy Spirit joined forever with the love of my life:)
Sahil (guest)
3 years ago (2021-02-22)
This is what brought me here. I am very curious to know about it.
Ash (guest)
5 years ago (2019-07-17)
hey...I am 17 and I have been experiencing this for a long time. It is a tightness in your chest and you have a somewhat difficult time breathing. I have also had times where I am dizzy and tear comes to my eyes. It is a weird thing and I don't know what it is. I just want to make sure this is from God cause this only happens when I am in prayer. Not when doing anything else. I am glad that I am not the only one. My friend was right when it said that you will never be the only one who goes through a struggle.

Love Ash
Rosette (guest)
5 years ago (2018-12-17)
Same feeling as mine. I have been experiencing this for a long a time now and keep thinking why is that. I also thought I already have a heart problem because of that thightness in my chest but I also notice this is just happening when I am in church attending mass... I am surprised I am not the only one experiencing this and got emotional knowing that it can be our dear Lord's hug...
Sel (guest)
6 years ago (2017-12-07)

Hi jjlandres. I am incredibly thrilled and amazed by how well you describe the very strange feeling that I, too, feel every time I pray the Lord's Prayer at Church. Your story absolutely and accurately illustrates the same tightness and tingling feeling I feel over my left chest when at Church. The intense burning feeling usually starts as I pray/sing the Lord's Prayer which then gradually wanes towards the end. I am also just as curious as you are, which is why I stumbled upon your post.

About my religious background, I used to be very religious, but I got lost for some time. And as far as I could remember, this burning feeling only started when I stopped praying and going to Church. But I have been working on my faith now and as I have observed, this "strange heavy feeling" receded slowly.

I am glad you think it is the Lord's Hug, which I really hope it is. (That will be completely amazing!) But I don't know, as I read your post, I kindaf realized now that this "tightness" is relative. While you look at it through the bright side, I feel like it is some kind of spiritual resentment against me for not going to Church for some time which I assume will not go away until I completely follow and do things according to His will? Idk. I think I can juxtapose this aspect to this analogy: I am forcing myself into a narrow small door for which I get wounds and bruises for forcibly coercing my entrance through this door. And unless I humble myself or cut off some limbs (which stand for my sins) I will not be allowed to get through that door.

This is only my interpretation. I'd have to ask our religious leaders and try to seek for more answers to this.

Meanwhile, I'd really wish to hear from you and ask you more about this as I've long been wanting to hear from someone who experiences the same feeling as I do. So if you happen to read my comment, please reach me through my email (fransinoy [at] if you have time.

In anticipation of your response, May God bless you more:)
llauterb (4 posts)
10 years ago (2013-12-27)
Dear jjlandres, first of all your are sensitive to spirits (as we all are) but your feeling is too specific to a certain place. Normally good spirits don't let you feel bad senses or bad impressions, what happens is some spirit (not high rank one) that is linked to the church is let's say "embracing" you. Apart from uncomfortable felling will not hurt you.
Imagine a old lady very devoted during her life passed way and don't know her actual situation and sees a young lady very devoted like her in the church, she will aproache you and will try to share the same devotion you both have, more or less is what happening to you you are capturing her fellings.
How to handle with this: prey for he/she, talk with he/she that you are happy to get in touch with he/she, tell that you and other good persons will conducting he/she to a bright hospital where they will take a good care of he/she. Do this with love and respect as it was your grandmother/grandfather and you will help this spirit.
cricket022 (1 posts)
10 years ago (2013-12-01)
Hi, my name is Emma and I am 16 years old. Every time I am in church and singing a song, any song at all, I get an intense tingling feeling in the right side of my chest. It feels kind of like your foot when it falls asleep, but not quite. It is very hard to explain. I don't feel this sensation anywhere else, only I church. Today (12/1/13) my family and I went to the tradition service which we almost never do, we are contemporary kind of people, but anyway the feeling was so intense my chest was tingling, my heart was beating in my throat and I was really hot. I find it kind of strange, but I like it 😁 but I am just saying your not alone, and I am glad I am not either!

God's Blessings,
24Jesus (1 posts)
11 years ago (2013-03-20)
I had an close experience similar at my church, a non-denominational church that I've been attending for 14 years now. About 5 mos ago on a Sunday night that was so unusual that I didn't know what happened but after a second touch from the Lord (I have to write about the 1st yet, not spoken on this site) at a yearly conference. After the service got home and later was ready to go to sleep when I noticed it felt like someone else inside me besides me! Kind of strange but noticed as I yawned it felt like someone sighing with me in my body using my vocal cords. At first trying to go to sleep anyway but found my self speaking around midnight in tongues of a heavenly language like I needed to to feel normal. I was doing this at times next day onward to present but since last Oct 9th 2012 I have felt a very powerful force upon my physical body which at same time I felt The presence of power and Love from the Lord almighty. At times He seemed to shake my body uncontralaably every single day and at times it worried me and I would leave the house because I'm retired now at 63 and I would drive to a thift store or somewhere to get away form the Lords Holy Spirit Love and power but at times it would come on me in a thrift store and had to hang onto some shelves and other times I would be in my jeep and still would surprise me at unexpected times but it was always a beautiful loving presence very much wanting to be with me, and if I were alone He would begin shaking my body and I became sorta in a love fling with the Lords Presence like almost an affair and at times mentioned to Him not now or someone will see us or we'll get caught. Yes, it was like a fiery Love affair and I had a crush on Him too just being in His love so much for almost 3 mo's then it turned into speaking in tongues at night in bed and each morning too which remains with me to this day. BUT the bigest thing I finally found out after the Lord made me His (Like a new adorned Bride). Yes, I finally after 5 mo's of never knowing what to do besides shake I later found that if I allowed my body to be open to His Love because He would always seem to twist my shoulders in a certain way each time that I finally allowed Him to embrace me with His Love, His Beauty, and His Touch which now I always get a response that makes me so Joyful and happy that I cry tears each time usually and say "Thankyou Lord Jesus, Thankyou Lord Jesus" and then after I look up to the ceiling and after He poures His radiant Love and I feol more Real than ever and He gives me Fresh Life into me, and I feel revived Like a New Creature each day. So the last 3 Sundays the Lord Jesus has embraced me during the service or after and usually I seem to cry tears of Joy and seem to feel very clearly His Emotions about a particular thing also. So if anyone has what feels like a body squeeze from Him without seeing Him just allow it and then Thank Him looking upward and say softly "Thankyou Lord Jesus" and allow His Joy to flow through you and you'll see and go to a New level from there:) BTW a few hours ago when I had decided to respond to this article, He just gave me the Most Powerful Hug and Embrace I've ever had YET. And He was SO very Happy that I was going to finally post about Him on the internet on this site. And I've found to stay very close to Him by reading His Word and Praying each day to our Heavenly Father and always in Lord Jesus Name and He stays close to me
To All in Christ Jesus,
Dave from Colo 😨 😁 😭

II Corinthians 5:17
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

Isaiah 61:10 "I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels."
JohnDiabet (1 stories) (4 posts)
12 years ago (2012-05-24)
I didn't feel His hug, but I felt His blood covering me from the inside. Just under my skin. It was a warmth I'd never felt. It was smooth and strong and incredibly intense. I felt like even the wood on the walls could feel it. Matter of fact I know they felt it. It was life, not just living, it felt like life itself. The essence of everything that lives and has lived and will live. It felt like heaven must feel. I was so safe and secure. I enjoy hearing others share, we are all children of the same Father!
KatyAD (1 stories) (9 posts)
12 years ago (2012-05-12)
yes I had him walk up behind me at the alter of my church onece... I simply asked him for a hug... I said lord, I want a hug. And he gave me one. I couldn't see him but I could feel him, his actual figure. Loved the moment I was in it... Loved everything about it, he held me like I was a child... I was so happy. I was about 25 or 26. I go to a church that is very spiritual stuff like that happens. You should ask him why he is doing that to you. If you sit still and are quiet, he can't tell you. 😉
Foundations (1 stories) (64 posts)
12 years ago (2012-04-05)
Hello jjlandres,

I wouldn't worry about something being wrong with your heart, but on the contrary! Your heart seems to be bursting with love and searching for deeper meaning when reciting the Lord's Prayer. A very similar experience happened to me when I was reciting that same prayer a few years ago, and since then my life has been changed forevermore with so many beautiful experiences. I asked God to assist me in understanding the true meaning of this prayer- I no longer wanted to just recite it, but deeply understand it. I have since been guided in so many ways and have a greater understanding of the world around me. Please continue to ask for guidance, and I know that you will be answsered and find the answers all around you in the most unexpected ways!

With love,

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