Join with members of the Body of Christ – our Church – around the world to pray the devotion to God’s great Mercy.
Jesus revealed the Image of the Divine Mercy to Saint Faustina, a humble Polish nun. Jesus asked Saint Faustina to be the messenger of God’s mercy to a world wounded by war, division and sin. Jesus told Saint Faustina, to have this image painted to remind everyone about God’s great mercy and forgiveness of sin – to always trust in the love and mercy of God – and to seek His forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation when we have failed to love God and our neighbor. The words on the bottom of the image are, “Jesus, I trust in You!”
The Divine Mercy Image is the image of the Risen Jesus Christ, extending to all of us His greeting of peace. The two rays of light shining from his wounded side – one red, and one white – are the blood and water which flowed from Jesus, pierced by the sword, when He was crucified on the cross. These rays represent the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Baptism. By Jesus’ sacrifice of love, by offering His life for our sins, He brought us back into friendship with God our Father.
Jesus encouraged Saint Faustina to spread devotion to His Divine Mercy by three principle means: the image of Divine Mercy, the Feast of Divine Mercy and the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. When he was pope, Saint John Paul II was greatly inspired by the message and task given to Saint Faustina and he declared the Second Sunday of Easter to be Divine Mercy Sunday. Pope John Paul II canonized Saint Faustina as the first Saint of this millennium.
The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us — all of us. And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. In this way, all will come to share His joy.
The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC:
A – Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.
B – Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.
C – Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.
This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.
Prayed on ordinary rosary beads, the Chaplet is an intercessory prayer that extends the offering of the Eucharist and is prayed during the three o’clock hour (recalling the time of Christ’s death on the cross). In His revelations to Saint Faustina, Our Lord asked for special prayer and veneration for His Passion during this time.
Spend time to learn more about the mercy of God, learn to trust in Jesus, and live your life as merciful to others, as Christ is merciful to you.
Jesus, I trust in You!
Join us in praying the Divine Mercy Novena after morning Mass or from home as we await the Celebration of God’s Great Mercy on Divine Mercy Sunday.
|1||Good Friday | April 2||We pray for all mankind, especially all sinners|
|2||Holy Saturday | April 3||We pray for souls of priests and religious|
|3||Easter Sunday | April 4||We pray for all devout and faithful souls|
|4||Easter Monday | April 5||We pray for those who do not believe in God & those who do not yet know Me|
|5||Easter Tuesday | April 6||We pray for souls of those who have separated themselves from the Church|
|6||Easter Wednesday | April 7||We pray for the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children|
|7||Easter Thursday | April 8||We pray for souls who especially venerate and glorify My mercy|
|8||Easter Friday| April 9||We pray for souls who are detained in purgatory|
|9||Easter Saturday | April 10||We pray for souls who have become lukewarm|
Unlike other novenas, where people ask for something from God through the intercession of His Holy Saints, the Divine Mercy Novena is intended to be prayed for graces and/or salvation to be given to other people. Jesus asked Sr. Faustina that this novena be prayed prior to the Feast of Divine Mercy (the Sunday after Easter), beginning on Good Friday. He gave Sr. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said: “These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It was on their account that I said: ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass Me by.’ The last hope of salvation for them is to flee to My Mercy.” In her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Sr. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her: “On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy … On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls”