THE DIVINE MERCY NOVENA STARTS GOOD FRIDAY!
Happy Jubilee Year of Mercy! In the 1931, Jesus Christ appeared and established a mystical relationship with a simple, Polish cloistered nun named Sr. Faustina Kowalska. Through the course of their mystical interactions, Jesus asked her to commission a painting of His Divine Mercy. Jesus referred to this image as a “vessel of mercy”:
“That evening, when I was in my cell, I saw the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand was raised in the gesture of blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From beneath the garment, slightly drawn aside at the breast, there were emanating two large rays, one red, the other pale. In silence I kept my gaze fixed on the Lord; my soul was struck with awe, but also with great joy. After a while, Jesus said to me, Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: 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.)
Jesus Christ also dictated a new devotion which includes what we now know as the Divine Mercy Chaplet:
Oh, what great graces I will grant to souls who say this chaplet; the very depths of My tender mercy are stirred for the sake of those who say the chaplet. Write down these words, My daughter. Speak to the world about My mercy; let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. (Diary, 848)
“At the hour of their death, I defend every soul that will say this Chaplet as I do my own glory.” (Diary, 811)
Jesus additionally requested a Feast Day of Mercy or Divine Mercy Sunday:
“I desire that there be a Feast of Mercy. I want this image, which you will paint with a brush, to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter; that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy.” (Diary, 49)
I desire that priests proclaim this great mercy of Mine towards souls of sinners. Let the sinner not be afraid to approach Me. The flames of mercy are burning Me – clamoring to be spent; I want to pour them out upon these souls. “(Diary, 50)
Jesus also requested a novena to be prayed in 9 days succession before the Feast of Divine Mercy:
“I taught you yesterday. … This prayer will serve to appease My wrath. You will recite it for nine days, on the beads of the rosary, in the following manner: First of all, you will say one OUR FATHER and HAIL MARY and the I BELIEVE IN GOD. Then on the OUR FATHER beads you will say the following words: “Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.” On the HAIL MARY beads you will say the following words: “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.” In conclusion, three times you will recite these words: “Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” (476)
To Learn More: https://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/backgr.htm
The Papal Bull, Miseriocordiae Vultus: https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco_bolla_20150411_misericordiae-vultus.html
To Pray With Me: http://www.praymorenovenas.com/divine-mercy-novena/
And, please, remember we are all sinners and all in need of God’s infinite mercy and compassion. Not even the worst sinners are excluded from God’s mercy if they ask.
“‘I am love and Mercy Itself. There is no misery that could be a match for My mercy, neither will misery exhaust it, because as it is being granted – it increases. The soul that trusts in My mercy is most fortunate, because I Myself take care of it.’” (Diary, 459)
JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU!