Divine Mercy Novena & Chaplet Devotion

 

The Divine Mercy Novena & Chaplet devotion group is an extension of the daily morning Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet prayer group (prayers are after M-Sa 8:30 a.m. Masses). The Divine Mercy Novena is a particular set of prayers that Our Lord requested St. Faustina and us to pray beginning Good Friday. Each day of the nine days of prayer has a different intention that Our Lord wishes to be prayed. Our Lord promised that those who say the novena will receive multitude of graces [The Divine Mercy in My Sou Diary, 796]. Read more about this novena and other historical information about the Divine Mercy devotion below.

 

The St. Callistus Divine Mercy Novena group began their annual devotion during the Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016, which was instituted by Pope Francis. The novena begins 3:00 p.m. on Good Friday, or soon after the Service of the Lord’s Passion ends (if the service ends after 3:00 p.m.). 

 

Our Lord informed St. Faustina that 3 o’clock is the Hour of Great Mercy, so the group endeavors to fill the time with Divine Mercy prayers, the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross, adoration (Easter time) or silent meditation, per His request. Every day of the novena begins with the novena prayer of the day followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet, but prayers after may differ. At least one day of the nine, the Divine Mercy Chaplet is sung depending on the group’s decision. For your convenience, the prayers will be shared online during the event. Remember to not rush the prayer and make attempts to pace yourself with the majority of the group or group leader.

 

If you wish receive a Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet prayer pamphlet, or you wish to actively join the group, contact Rose Wierenga at divinemercypaz.com

 

MORE ABOUT THE NOVENA & CHAPLET

To receive the multitude of graces from Jesus for this novena, works of mercy and confession* are recommended for the nine day duration. As an offering, you may do one or more of the corporal and/or spiritual works of mercy listed below:

 

 

  • We say these prayers 3:00 p.m. on Good Friday, but it can be said any time of day and other times of the year, too

  • It is important to do spiritual and corporal works of mercy during the nine days

    • SPIRITUAL WORKS: 1) Instruct the ignorant, 2) counsel the doubtful, 3) admonish the sinners, 4) bear patiently those who wrong us, 5) forgive offenses, 6) comfort the afflicted, 7) pray for the living and the dead

    • CORPORAL WORKS: 1) feed the hungry, 2) give water to the thirsty, 3) clothe the naked, 4) shelter the homeless, 5) visit the sick, 6) visit the imprisoned, 7) bury the dead

  • Normally we go to confession on first Saturday of Easter, but under these special circumstances (pandemic) – go at first opportunity.

 

 

HISTORY

Here’s a brief but exciting history about how the Divine Mercy Message began:

 

  • Helena Kawalska saw a vision of Christ scourged at age 19 (1924) that led her to become a nun and took the name Maria Faustina. She was accepted in the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy (1925)

  • 1931 saw a vision of Jesus as He requested to paint His image, but the painting of it doesn’t begin until 1934

  • 1934, Sr. Faustina begins writing the Diary at the request of Our Lord and the express permission of her spiritual advisor. He called her His Secretary of Divine Mercy

  • 1938, Sr. Faustina passes away

  • It wasn’t until the 1940s that the message was spread among WWII victims

  • 1941, a priest brings the Divine Mercy message to the USA to the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception

  • 1959, It was temporarily banned due to a miscommunication

  • 1965, Cardinal Wojtyla learns of Sr. Faustina’s life and virtues

  • 1980, Pope John Paul II issues an encyclical on the Divine Mercy, to which he felt the Divine Mercy was his “special task.”

  • After the second miracle intercession of Sr. Faustina, Sr. Faustina was made a Saint on April 30, 2000

  • On April 22, 2001, The Divine Mercy Sunday is officially celebrated for the first time by the universal Church.

  • On August 21, 2002, Indulgences attached to the Divine Mercy devotions were given Apostolic Penitentiary Decree

 

FINCH 

The five forms of devotions to the Divine Mercy

The Divine Mercy Novena is one of five forms of devotion found in The Divine Mercy in My Soul book by St. Faustina. In this book, He requested the following.

 

  • FEAST of Divine Mercy (first Sunday after Easter)

  • Venerate the Divine Mercy IMAGE (point to image in back)

  • Recite the NOVENA of Divine Mercy (Our Lord requested to start Good Friday)

  • Recite the Divine Mercy CHAPLET prayer

  • Called attention to the importance of the HOUR of Great Mercy (3:00 pm)

 

EXCERPTS 

from The Divine Mercy in My Soul Diary by St. Faustina

 

1209 Jesus, I trust in You.

 

Novena to The Divine Mercy [206] which Jesus instructed me to write down and make before the Feast of Mercy. It begins on Good Friday.

 

"I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fount of My mercy, that they may draw there from strength and refreshment and whatever graces they need in the hardships of life and, especially, at the hour of death.

 

On each day you will bring to My Heart a different group of souls, and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy, and I will bring all these souls into the house of My Father. You will do this in this life and in the next. I will deny nothing to any soul whom you will bring to the fount of My mercy. On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My bitter Passion, for graces for these souls."

 

The excerpts were taken from The Divine Mercy in My Soul Diary by St. Faustina Kowalska based on the vision accounts with Our Lord Jesus Christ and other heavenly bodies such as saints, angels, and Blessed Virgin Mary.

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