Divine Mercy Devotion
April 23, 2017, at 3:00 PM
Presidor: Father Edgar Madarang
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Chaplet of Divine Mercy - Sung
Recitation of the Litany of the Mercy of God
Reception in Parish Hall
All Are Invited!
Did you know...
“You are the secretary of My mercy; I have chosen you for that office in this and the next life” (Diary, 1605) …”to make known to souls that great mercy that I have for them, and to exhort them to trust in the bottomless depth of My mercy” (Diary, 1567)
Born in 1905 to a devout Catholic family in Glogowiec, Poland, Helena Kowalska was the third of ten children. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Cracow in 1925, taking the name Sr. Maria Faustina of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Faustina was blessed with many great graces – visions, revelations and the pains of the hidden stigmata of Christ, as well as a gift for contemplation and a profound understanding of the mercy of God. “Neither graces, nor revelations, nor raptures, nor gifts granted to a soul make it perfect, but rather the intimate union of the soul with God.” (Diary, 1107)
Beginning in 1931, Sr. Faustina began to experience visitations and conversations with Christ, which she chronicled in a diary she titled Divine Mercy in My Soul. In 1934, she visited the painter E. Kazimirowski to commission the image of Christ the Divine Mercy on behalf of the Lord. In 1936, she was diagnosed with tuberculosis and offered her sufferings for the souls of sinners and the souls in purgatory. Sr. Faustina died in October, 1938. Her remains lie in a tomb in the chapel of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Cracow, Poland, at the foot of the image of the Divine Mercy that has become renowned for many graces receive from its veneration. St Faustina was canonized by Pope John Paul II on Sunday, April 30, 2000, the institution of the Feast of Divine Mercy Sunday.
The Divine Mercy Image
"In the evening, when I was in my cell, I became aware of the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand was raised in blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From the opening of the garment at the breast there came forth two large rays, one red and the other pale. In silence I gazed intently at the Lord; my soul was overwhelmed with fear, but also with great joy. After a while Jesus said to me, 'paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the inscription: “Jesus, I trust in You.'" I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and [then} throughout the world…I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory.” (Diary 47-48)
“During prayer I heard these words within me: The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls…These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. These rays shield souls from the wrath of My Father. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him.” (Diary 299)
The Divine Mercy image has been painted by numerous artists over the years; each form is worthy of veneration for the obtaining of graces. St. Faustina herself wept that Kazimirowski had failed to capture the beauty of the Lord. Jesus assured her, “The greatness of this image lies not in the beauty of the color or the brush, but in My grace.” (Diary, 313)
The Divine Mercy Chaplet
Jesus instructed St. Faustina to pray for the conversion and salvation of souls with a chaplet using ordinary rosary beads, and promised many graces to those faithful to the practice. The chaplet can be prayed throughout the year at the 3pm hour, the hour of Christ’s death. Click here http://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/praythechaplet.php to view the chaplet online.
The Feast of Divine Mercy Sunday
Jesus charged St. Faustina to fulfill his command for an annual Feast of Divine Mercy:
“…I want the image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it.” (Diary, 341) “On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the Fount of My Mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet…The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness.” (Diary, 699)
Divine Mercy Sunday was officially established for the universal Church by decree on May 5, 2000. The Church did not create a new feast day but rather gave a new name to a day that was already a “solemnity” – a feast day of the highest order: the octave, or second Sunday of Easter. To those who faithfully prepare for the day as cited below, a plenary indulgence (full remission of the punishment for sin) will be granted. To fully observe this feast, Catholics must prepare:
- Prepare for the Feast by actively practicing the ABC’s of Divine Mercy:
o Ask for Mercy: “Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me” (Diary, 1146)
o Be Merciful: “You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this.” (Diary, 742) Practice the spiritual and corporal works of mercy at all times.
o Completely Trust: “The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is – trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive.” (Diary 327, 1578)
- Go to confession before the Feast - or even before Holy Week
- Receive Holy Communion on the Sunday of the Feast
- Pray the chaplet of Divine Mercy beginning at 3pm on the Sunday of the Feast
- Venerate the image of Divine Mercy on the day of the Feast
“Thus the message of divine mercy is also implicitly a message about the value of every human being. Each person is precious in God's eyes; Christ gave his life for each one; to everyone the Father gives his Spirit and offers intimacy…(T)his consoling message is addressed above all to those who, afflicted by a particularly harsh trial or crushed by the weight of the sins they committed, have lost all confidence in life and are tempted to give in to despair. To them the gentle face of Christ is offered; those rays from his heart touch them and shine upon them, warm them, show them the way and fill them with hope. How many souls have been consoled by the prayer "Jesus, I trust in you" Pope Saint John Paul II, Homily for the Canonization Mass of Sr. Maria Faustina Kowalska