Sunday, 7 April 2013

Divine Mercy

Today is Divine Mercy Sunday and this day is  specially important as a message continuing from Easter. In practical terms, this is a modern day message following Easter. After all many not be able to relive the Easter Triduum every day, but they can live out "Divine Mercy" which is a gentler message of hope, forgiveness, charity and love. Here are excerpts from wikipedia on this aspect of our faith:
The first Divine Mercy painting byKazimierowski (1934) 
Divine Mercy Sunday is a Roman Catholic solemnity celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, the Octave of Easter. It is originally based on the Catholic devotion to the Divine Mercy that Saint Faustina Kowalska reported as part of her encounter with Jesus, and is associated with special promises from Jesus and indulgences issued by the Church
"The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy is a Roman Catholic devotion based on the visions of Jesus reported by Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), known as "the Apostle of Mercy."[1][2] She was a Polish sister of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and canonized as a Catholic saint in 2000.[3]
Faustina stated that she received the prayer through visions and conversations with Jesus, who made specific promises regarding the recitation of the prayers.[1] Her Vatican biography quotes some of these conversations.[3]
The chaplet is often said as a rosary-based prayer with the same set of rosary beads used for reciting the Holy Rosary or the Chaplet of Holy Wounds. The chaplet may also be said without beads, usually by counting prayers on the fingertips,[1] and may be accompanied by the veneration of the Divine Mercy image.[4][5]
The chaplet is often recited on beads as a rosary-based prayer
The English version of the Chaplet
[9] was published in 1987. The chaplet contains the initial prayers as in a Rosary, then proceeds on the beads, adding specific offerings to the Father on the larger beads. On the smaller beads, it has specific other petitions for mercy. It then concludes by repeating a specific prayer for mercy.[9]
The Sign of the Cross on the Crucifix;
On large bead
Opening prayer: You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.[12]
Repeated three times: O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You![12]
On three smaller beads, one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and The Apostles' Creed
For each of the five decades:
On large bead: 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.
Repeated on each of the ten small Beads: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Concluding prayers:
Doxology, repeated three times: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Closing Prayer: Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.[13]
Conclude with the Sign of the Cross.
John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy
In 1996 Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, and Fr. George Kosicki, CSB formed the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy to provide instruction in Divine Mercy theology and spirituality to both parish leaders and clergy. At its inception, Pope John Paul II entrusted the Institute with the task of providing "formation and research in The Divine Mercy message". Their role in spreading the Divine Mercy message was acknowledged by Pope John Paul II in a special Papal Blessing in 2001, the 70th anniversary of the revelation of the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion.

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