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My Mr and I have a great devotion to The Divine Mercy Message (as revealed to St. Faustina). In college, we were blessed to be able to visit the Divine mercy shrine in Poland (!!!) and St. Faustina's tomb. Several years later, we were engaged before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in the Mother-house of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception (an order of priests dedicated to spreading the devotion of Divine Mercy). We were married by a friend and priest (Fr. Mark) from the same order. And at the tail end of our honeymoon we visited the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA.
These days, we TRY to remember to say a short prayer during the 3 o'clock hour each day (for the souls in most need of God's mercy) and we also love to sing the divine mercy chaplet together as we put our littles to sleep at night. This year we will be praying the Divine Mercy novena as a family and would love for you to join us!
Our Lord asked St. Faustina to prepare for the feast of Divine Mercy (the Sunday following Easter) with nine consecutive days of prayer for souls. On each day of the novena we are asked to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for a different group of souls:
Day 1: All mankind, especially sinners
Day 2: The souls of priests and religious
Day 3: All devout and faithful souls
Day 4: Those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know Jesus
Day 5: Souls who have separated themselves from the Church
Day 6: Meek and humble souls and the souls of little children
Day 7: Souls who especially venerate and glorify His mercy
Day 8: Souls detained in purgatory
Day 9: Souls who have become lukewarm
I can remember praying this novena with my family each year as I was growing up and am so looking forward to starting this devotion in our home.
- To listen to the chaplet (in song) click here. NOTE: I could not find the version that we usually pray but I think you can download it off of the MIC's website. I'll edit this post to include it in the next couple of days.
- For instructions on how to pray the chaplet, and for more information on the history and devotion, click here.
- For daily prayers of the novena click here.
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"Those who sincerely say ‘Jesus, I trust in You’ will find comfort in all their anxieties and fears."
"There is nothing more man needs than Divine Mercy – that love which is benevolent, which is compassionate, which raises man above his weakness to the infinite heights to the holiness of God."
—Shrine of Divine Mercy in Cracow, Poland on June 7, 1997