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The Athanasian Creed

Hymn for Our Lady

The Rosary

Psalms for the Family

For the Dead - Dies Irae

A Letter from Jesus Christ

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




The Pope's prayer for families


Lord God, from you every family in Heaven and on earth takes its name

Father, you are love and life.

Through your Son, Jesus Christ, born of woman, and through the Holy Spirit, fountain of Divine Charity, grant that each family on earth may become for each successive generation a true shrine of life and love.

Grant that your grace may guide the thoughts and actions of husbands and wives for the good of their families and of all the families in the world.

Grant that the young may find in the family solid support for their human dignity and for their growth in truth and love.

Grant that love, strengthened by the grace of the sacrament of marriage, may prove mightier than all the weaknesses and trials through which our families sometimes pass.

Through the intercession of the Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that the Church may fruitfully carry out her worldwide mission in the family and through the family.

Through Christ our Lord who is the Way, the Truth and the Life for ever and ever. Amen

 

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The Athanasian Creed


WHOEVER wishes to he saved must before all else adhere to the Catholic faith.

He must preserve this faith whole and untarnished; otherwise he shall most certainly perish forever.

Now this is the Catholic faith: that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in unity; Neither confusing the persons nor distinguishing the nature.

The person of the Father is distinct; the person of the Son is distinct; the person of the Holy Spirit is distinct.

Yet the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit possess one Godhead, equal glory; and coeternal majesty.

As the Father is, so is the Son, so also is the Holy Spirit.

The Father is uncreated, the Son is uncreated, the Holy Spirit is uncreated.

The Father is infinte, the Son is infinite, the Holy Spirit is infinite.

The Father is eternal, the Son is eternal, the Holy Spirit is eternal.

Nevertheless, they are not three eternals but one Eternal

Even as they are not three uncreateds, or three infinites, but one Uncreated and one Infinite. So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son is almighty, the Holy Spirit is almighty.

And yet they are not three almighties, but one Almighty.

So also the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God,

And yet they are not three Gods, but only one God, so too the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, the Holy Spirit is Lord.

And still there are not three Lords, but only one Lord.

For just as we arc compelled by Christian truth to profess that each Person is individually God and Lord, so also are we forbidden by the Catholic religion to hold that there are three Gods or three Lords.

The Father was made by no one, being neither created nor begotten.

The Son is from the Father alone, though not created or made, but begotten.

The Holy Spirit is from the Father and the Son, though neither made nor created nor begotten, but proceeding,

Consequently there is one Father, not three Fathers; there is one Son, not three Sons; there is one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.

Furthermore, in this Trinity there is no "before" or "after", no "greater" or "less": for all three Persons are co-eternal and coequal.

In every respect, therefore, as has already been stated, unity must be worshipped in Trinity, and Trinity in unity.

This is what everyone who wishes to be saved must hold regarding the Blessed Trinity. But, for his eternal salvation, he must also believe according to the true faith in the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Now the true faith requires us to believe and acknowledge that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is both God and Man.

He is God, begotten of the substance of the Father before the world began; He is Man, born in the world of the substance of His Mother.

Perfect God, perfect Man, a substance composed of a rational soul and a human body.
Equal to the Father in divinity, less than the Father with respect to His humanity.

And, although He is God and Man, still He is only one Christ, not two.

One, not by any turning of the divinity into flesh, but by the taking up of humanity into God.

One only, not by any confusion of substance, but by the unity of His person.

For, just as the rational soul and the body form one man, so God and Man form one Christ. He suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose from the dead on the third day. Ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father all-powerful, whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

At His coming, all men must rise with their bodies and must give an account of their own deeds.

And those who have done good shall go into eternal life, while those who have done evil shall go into eternal fire.

This is the Catholic faith, and anyone who does not believe it fully and firmly cannot be saved. Amen

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Prayers during the day

 


MORNING PRAYER

 

Lord God, Father all-powerful, you have brought us to the beginning of this day. By your power keep us on the road to salvation; do not let us fall into any sin today, nor may any danger befall us. But grant that all our actions may tend, under your guidance, toward the fulfilment of your law of holiness. This we ask through Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

AT  PRIME,  SEXT & NONE  

 

Memento, rerum Conditor,
Nostri quod olim corporis
Sacrato ab alvo Virginis
Nascendo formam sumperis.

Maria Mater gratiae,
Dulcis parens clementiae,
Tu nos ab hoste protégé,
Et mortius hora suscipe.

IESU, tibi sit Gloria,
Qui natus es de Virgine,
Cum Patre et almo Spiritu
In sepiterna saecula. Amen

-oOo-

Remember, Maker of us all,
Into our world Thou once didst come
Made manifest in human flesh,
The child of Mary's stainless womb.

O Mary, Mother of God's grace,
Protect us from the foe's alarms;
Dear Mother, kind and pitiful,
Hold us when dying, in thine arms.

JESUS, to Thee be glory paid
Whom once the Maiden-Mother bore:
And to the Father praise be given
And Holy Ghost for ever more. Amen

 

-oOo-


T E R C E

Nunc Sancte nobis Spiritus
Unum Patri cum Filio,
Dignare promptus ingeri
Nostro refusus pectori.

Os, lingua, mens, sensus, vigor
Confessionem personent,
Flammescat igne caritas,
Accendat ardour proximos.

Praesta, Pater Piissime,
Patrique compare Unice,
Cum Spiritu Paraclito
Regnans per omne saeculum. Amen


-oOo-

Come, Holy Spirit, ever One
with the Father and with the Son.
It is the hour, our souls possess
with your full flood of holiness.

Let hands and heart and lips and mind
sound forth our witness to mankind;
and love light up our mortal frame
till others catch the living flame.

Grant this, O Father, ever One
with Christ, your sole-begotten Son;
whom, with the Spirit, we adore,
one God, both now and evermore. Amen.

 

-oOo-

 


V E S P E R S

 

O God of all the universe,
creative power and ruling mind,
the day with splendid light you clothe,
the night you bless with sweet repose.

Rest thus given to our limbs
for tomorrow's work prepares;
with strength renewed and minds alert,
freed from all distracting cares.

For this day's grace we give you thanks;
our evening prayer we beg you hear.
We owe you this our hymn of praise:
inspire our minds to be sincere.

To you we sing from depth of heart.
to you we raise our melody;
for you our pure love chastely sighs,
in you we rest adoringly.

So when the dark shades of the night
to its close this day shall bring,
make our faith steadfastly shine
to pierce the darkness with its flame.

Our restless passions put to sleep
but let our souls keep watchful guard;
while dreamless sleep renews the mind
may chaste faith cool our ardent hearts.

Of sensuality stripped clean
before you may we e'er abide,
lest, by our wicked foe deceived,
alarm invade our slumbertide.

To you we pray, O Jesus Christ,
to Father and to Spirit blest:
Three Persons with one equal power,
Blest Trinity, hear our request. Amen

 

-oOo-

 

C O M P L I N E

 

Memento, rerum Conditor,
Nostri quod olim corporis
Sacrato ab alvo Virginis
Nascendo formam sumperis.

Maria Mater gratiae,
Dulcis parens clementiae,
Tu nos ab hoste protégé,
Et mortius hora suscipe.

IESU, tibi sit Gloria,
Qui natus es de Virgine,
Cum Patre et almo Spiritu
In sepiterna saecula. Amen

-oOo-

Remember, Maker of us all,
Into our world Thou once didst come
Made manifest in human flesh,
The child of Mary's stainless womb.

O Mary, Mother of God's grace,
Protect us from the foe's alarms;
Dear Mother, kind and pitiful,
Hold us when dying, in thine arms.

JESUS, to Thee be glory paid
Whom once the Maiden-Mother bore:
And to the Father praise be given
And Holy Ghost for ever more. Amen

 

-oOo-

Visita, qaesumus, Domine, habitationem istam, et omnes insidias inimici ab ea longe repelle: Angeli tui sancti habitent in ea, qui nos in pace custodiant, et bendictio tua super nos semper. Per Dominum.

O Lord, we bessech thee, visit this house, and drive from it all the snares of the enemy; may thy holy angels abide therein to keep us in peace; and may blessing be ever upon us. Through our Lord.

 

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Prayers for Our Lady

 

Ave maris stella,
Dei Mater alma,
Atque semper Virgo,
Felix caeli porta.

Sumens illud Ave
Gabrielis ore,
Funda nos in pace,
Mutans Hevae nomen.

Solve vincla reis,
Profer lumen caecis,
Mala nostra pelle,
Bona cuncta posce.

Monstra te esse Matrem,
Sumat per te preces
Qui pro nobis natus
Tulit esse tuus.

Virgo singularis,
Inter omnes mitis,
Nos culpis solutos
Mites fac et castos,

Vitam praesta puram,
Iter para tutum,
Ut videntes Jesum
Semper collaetemur.

Sit laus Deo Patri,
Summo Christo decus,
Spiritui Sancto,
Tribus honor unus. Amen.

 

~oOo~

 

Bright Mother of our Maker, hail,
Thou Virgin ever blest,
The ocean's star by which we sail
And gain the port of rest.

Whilst we this Ave thus to. Thee
From Gabriel's mouth rehearse,
Prevail that peace our lot may be,
And Eva's name reverse.

Release our long-entangled mind
From all the snares of ill ;
With heavenly light instruct the blind
And all our vows fulfil.

Exert for us a mother's care
And us thy children own ;
Prevail with him to hear our prayer
Who chose to be thy Son.

O spotless Maid, whose virtues shine
With brightest purity,
Each action of our lives refine
And make us pure like thee.

Preserve our lives unstained with ill
In this infectious way,
That heaven alone our souls may fill
With joys that ne'er decay.

To God the Father endless praise,
To God the Son the same,
And Holy. Ghost, whose equal rays
One equal glory claim. Amen.

 

~oOo~

 

Litany of Our Lady of Walsingham

Our Lady of Walsingham, pray to the for us.
Mary, conceived without sin, pray to the Lord for us.
Mary the Virgin, pray to the Lord for us.
Mary, the Mother of God. pray to the Lord for us.
Mary taken up into Heaven, pray to the lord for us.
Mary at Bethlehem, pray for all mothers.
Mary at Nazareth, pray for all families.
Mary at Cana, pray for all married couples.
Mary who stood by the Cross. pray for all who suffer.
Mary in the Upper Room, pray for all who wait.
Mary, model of Womanhood, pray for all women.

Woman of Faith. keep us in mind.
Woman of Hope, keep us in mind.
Woman of Charity, keep us in mind.
Woman of Suffering. keep us in mind.
Woman of Anxiety, keep us in mind.
Woman of Humility. keep us in mind.
Woman of Poverty, keep us in mind.
Woman of Purity, keep us in mind.
Woman of Obedience. keep us in mind.
Woman who wondered, remember us to God.
Woman who listened, remember us to God.
Woman who followed Him, remember us to God.
Woman who longed for Him, remember us to God,
Woman who loves Him, remember us to God.

Mother of God. be our Mother always.
Mother of the Church, be our Mother always.
Mother of the World, be our Mother always.
Mother we need, be our Mother always.
Mother who went on believing, we thank God for you.
Mother who never lost hope, we thank God for you.
Mother who loved to the end, we thank God for you.

 

All holy and ever living God. in giving us Jesus Christ to he our Saviour and brother, you gave us Mary, His Mother, to be our Mother also; grant, we pray you, that we may be worthy of so great a Brother and so dear a Mother. May we come at last to you the Father of us all through Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.

 

~oOo~


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The Rosary

 

THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES

1. The Annunciation. Fruit of the Mystery: Humility
2. The Visitation. Fruit of the Mystery: Love of Neighbor
3. The Nativity. Fruit of the Mystery: Poverty
4. The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. Fruit of the Mystery: Obedience
5. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple. Fruit of the Mystery: Joy in Finding Jesus, also known as Zeal

 

THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES

1. The Baptism of Jesus. Fruit of the Mystery: Openness to the Holy Spirit
2. The Wedding at Cana. Fruit of the Mystery: To Jesus through Mary
3. Jesus' Proclamation of the Kingdom of God. Fruit of the Mystery: Repentance and Trust in God
4. The Transfiguration. Fruit of the Mystery: Desire for Holiness
5. The Institution of the Eucharist. Fruit of the Mystery: Adoration

 

THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES

1. The Agony in the Garden. Fruit of the Mystery: Sorrow for Sin
2. The Scourging at the Pillar. Fruit of the Mystery: Purity
3. The Crowning with Thorns. Fruit of the Mystery: Courage
4. The Carrying of the Cross. Fruit of the Mystery: Patience
5. The Crucifixion. Fruit of the Mystery: Perseverance

 

THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES

1. The Resurrection. Fruit of the Mystery: Faith
2. The Ascension. Fruit of the Mystery: Hope
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit. Fruit of the Mystery: Love of God
4. The Assumption of Mary. Fruit of the Mystery: Grace of a Happy Death
5. The Coronation of Blessed Virgin Mary. Fruit of the Mystery: Trust in Mary's Intercession

 

DAYS OF RECITATION

* The Joyful Mysteries are recited on Mondays and Saturdays.
* The Luminous Mysteries are recited on Thursdays.
* The Sorrowful Mysteries, on Tuesdays and Fridays.
* The Glorious Mysteries, on Wednesdays and Sundays.

 

APPROVED FORM OF RECITAL

* A sign of the cross on the Crucifix and then the "Apostles' Creed";
* An "Our Father" on the first large bead;
* A "Hail Mary" on each of the three small beads with the following intentions (the theological virtues):

1. For the increase of faith
2. For the increase of hope
3. For the increase of love

* A "Glory Be to the Father" on the next large bead;
* Announce the mystery
* An "Our Father" on the large bead;
* A "Hail Mary" on each of the adjacent ten small beads;
* A "Glory Be to the Father" on the next large bead;
* Again an Our Father, ten Hail Marys, the Glory Be to the Father, and
Fatima Prayer (below) for each of the following decades;
* A "Hail Holy Queen" and a sign of the cross.

 

The Fatima Prayer

"Oh me Iesu, dimitte nobis debita nostra, libera nos ab igne inferni, conduc in caelum omnes animas, praesertim illas quae maxime indigent misericordia tua. Amen."

"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen."

Here is the original Portuguese version:

"Ó meu bom Jesus perdoai e livrai - nos do fogo do inferno, levai as almas todas para o céu e socorrei as que mais precisarem de vossa infinita misericordia."

 

-oOo-

 


The Rosary as Family Prayer

Reflections on the Holy Father's Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae
Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo President of the Pontifical Council for the Family


In the recent Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, the Holy Father John Paul II once more urged Christian families to pray in their home by reciting the Rosary: "We need to return to the practice of family prayer and prayer for families, continuing to use the Rosary" (n. 41). Already at the end of the Great Jubilee he had said: "it is especially necessary that listening to the word of God should become a life-giving encounter, in the ancient and ever valid tradition of lectio divina, which draws from the biblical text the living word which questions, directs and shapes our lives ... we must rekindle in ourselves the impetus of the beginnings and allow ourselves to be filled with the ardour of the apostolic preaching which followed Pentecost" [Novo Millennio ineunte, nn. 39 and 40).
Domestic Church

It is first of all a question of re-applying, if not in its form, certainly in its spirit, the living, fervent spiritual atmosphere that marked the meetings at home of the first Christian communities. Indeed, the first disciples, "went to the temple area together every day, while in their homes they broke bread ... praising God" (Acts 2, 46). Through this witness, "day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved" (Acts 2, 47).

This family dimension of prayer and Christian worship is rooted in the faith experience of the people of the Old Covenant, which has been inherited by the Christian community. Indeed, it is well known that the paschal supper was celebrated in the home, and was a family celebration.

The wave of secularization that has swept through the life of our communities in recent decades has brought a deep crisis, even in the context of the family, and hence in family prayer as an expression of communion and an indispensable source for the mission the family is called to carry out in the Church and in society.

 

Family prayer, use the Rosary

Confronted by this disturbing situation, pastors in recent centuries have not ceased to recommend the devout practice of the Rosary, which Pope Pius XII described as "the compendium of the entire Gospel", to implore the Lord, giver of all good things, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, Queen of the Rosary, for the gifts of faith and peace in families and among nations.

We know well how deeply rooted Marian devotion is in the heart of Peter's Successor. He placed his ministry under her protection, "Totus tuus", and we know that the Rosary has a special place in his devotions. We are used to seeing him with the Rosary beads between his fingers. His desire is for the Rosary to become popular again, especially in families.


The Rosary takes us to the heart of the faith

The Rosary, in its simplicity and depth, goes to the heart of Christian experience in the dialogue of faith expressed in prayer. It has a strong evangelizing impact. The members of the family can contemplate the central events at the heart of the faith through the mysteries. Now, we have the mysteries of light, in which we are invited to reflect on the wedding of Cana and on the beginning of a new family. We could say that in the Our Father and Hail Mary, we find a synthesis in which a dynamic, effective transmission of the faith passes through it that fortifies the experience of the family community in a special union that is a powerful aid because it is also stable and solid before the Lord of the Covenant.

With this Letter on the Rosary the Holy Father has touched the hearts of the faithful. Indeed, the recitation of the Rosary does not only "go to the very heart of Christian life, offering a familiar yet fruitful spiritual and educational opportunity for personal contemplation" (cf. n. 3), but also enables people to recover "the ability to look one another in the eye, to communicate, to show solidarity, to forgive one another and to see their covenant of love renewed in the spirit of God" (cf. n. 41).


Captures spiritual atmosphere

The recitation of the Rosary in the family captures something of the spiritual atmosphere of the household at Nazareth, "because its members place Jesus at the centre, they share his joys and sorrows, they place their needs and their plans in his hands, they draw from him the hope and the strength to go on" (n. 41). There, in fact, as Paul VI said on his pilgrimage to Nazareth, one learns "to be resolute in good thoughts, focused on the interior life and ready to understand clearly the secret inspirations of God and the exhortations of the true teachers" (Insegnamenti di Paolo VI, II, 1964, p. 24). Serves to neutralize widespread harmful trends

This prayer also serves to neutralize the most varied and disorienting messages and unpredictable experiences that are rapidly making their way into children's' lives. These experiences are a source of anxiety to parents because young people are exposed to dangers while they are growing up. Praying the Rosary is certainly a spiritual aid in finding the solution to many problems, and is a protection against many temptations and difficulties. As this Pontifical Council for the Family said in the Final Statement of the 15th Plenary Assembly, today we are living in a situation marked by "the fear of commitment, the practice of cohabitation, the trivialisation of sex", as John Paul II has described it. "Life styles, women's fashions, films, TV sitcoms make people question the value of marriage and go so far as to spread the idea that the reciprocal gift of spouses until death would be unrealistic. They weaken the family institution and even manage to discredit it, to the advantage of other pseudo-family 'models'" (ORE, 20 November 2002, p. 9, II). Indeed, the same document deplores the "invasion of many areas of human activity by a radical individualism: economic life, excessive competition, competition in all fields of human activity, disregard of the marginalized, etc." (ibid.). In the face of these problems, prayer is a fundamental, indispensable response, the living witness of parents. As the Holy Father says in Familiaris consortio: "only by praying together with their children can a father and mother - exercising their royal priesthood - penetrate the innermost depths of their children's hearts and leave an impression that the future events in their lives will not be able to efface" (n. 60).


Family education

As everyone knows, an important purpose of the prayer of the domestic church is to serve as the natural introduction for children to the liturgical prayer of the whole Church, both in the sense of preparing for it and of extending it into family and social life (cf. Familiaris consortio, n. 61). Thus family prayer is not an escape from social commitment, but a strong incentive to the Christian family to assume fully all its responsibilities as the primary and basic cell of human society.


Reinforces stability, solidity of family

In this way prayer reinforces the spiritual soundness and solidity of the family, helping to ensure that it shares in the strength of God. Indeed all the power of the Rosary lies in its Gospel character and in its distinctly Christological orientation, for it makes us think specifically and in our own way of the most important events of salvation that were brought about in Christ, seen through the heart of Mary, who was closest to the Lord Jesus. Indeed, the main feature of the Rosary is contemplation, without which it would be like a body without a soul; the typical features are constituted by the petition of the Our Father, the praise in the litany-like succession of Hail Mary's, the adoration of the doxology, Glory [be] to the Father. It is also characterized by the simplicity that favours the tranquil rhythm and a lingering in thought which fosters meditation. As John Paul II has said, "fruitful nourishment of personal piety, the Rosary is in a certain sense the typical prayer of the Christian family.... In reciting the Rosary, the domestic church savours its own unity, enjoys the sharing of affections, is elevated to the contemplation of the divine, places its own needs, concerns and the conquests of daily living in this higher dimension" (Address to youth, Reggio Calabria, 7 October 1984, n. 7; ORE, 5 November 1984, p. 11).

From this fervent Gospel spirit, from the contemplation of the mysteries of our redemption in this Year of the Rosary (October 2002 - October 2003), a renewed commitment is expected, so that the preparation of engaged couples for marriage will include a witness of greater fidelity to the definitive commitments that they are about to make before God and men. May educators, spiritual directors and Christian couples help young people to discover in themselves an authentic love, with all that it involves, feeling, attachment and passion itself and also the use of reason. May the Church's message on responsible parenthood be understood and better received, and may the special attention that must be paid to children who come from broken homes be given to them with loving tenderness.

In this way the pastoral care towards the family will be able to offer couples during their married life possibilities and opportunities to reflect on their celebration of the sacrament, especially in moments of recollection, such as in the recitation of the Rosary. Besides, it will ensure that the feast of the Holy Family and other celebrations when couples gather wishing to renew their matrimonial commitments in the Church, may have a significance that has an impact on their spiritual journey. In this light, in possible moments of crisis, all the aids that the Holy Father has recalled in this Apostolic Letter can contribute to solving the tensions and will enable spouses to return to the sources of their first love. From the sacrament of Marriage they will be able to draw the energy to reawaken the great ideals that must direct their relations and overcome their difficulties.

 

Revival of Rosary in family will evangelize society

In this regard, Bl. Bartolo Longo said that "whoever spreads the Rosary is saved" (n. 8). John Paul II echoes him when he says: "the revival of the Rosary in Christian families, within the context of a broader pastoral care of the family, will be an effective aid to countering the devastating effects of this crisis typical of our age" (n. 6).
One writer said that in the evangelized nations in every family, at nightfall, the recitation of the Rosary rose like a symphony. Why should we not strive to restore this witness, imbuing the domestic church with the Word that all may savour, sharing it with children like bread, in an attitude that will evangelize a society that is in danger of growing cold and falling away from God?

"As a mother who teaches her children to speak and so to understand and communicate, the Church our Mother teaches us the language of faith in order to introduce us to the understanding and life of faith" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 171). This is also what praying the Rosary does.

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Psalms for the Family

 

Psalm 126 ~ The Sanctity of the Family

Blessedness of the God-fearing man in his home

 

Beati omnes qui timent D6minum, qui ambulant in viis ejus.
Labores manuum tuarum quia manducabis beatus es, et bene tibi erit.
Uxor tua sicut yitiis abundans, in lateribus domus tuae.
Filii tui sicut novellae olivarum, in circuitu mensae tuae.
Ecce sic benedicetur homo, qui timet Dominum.
Benedicat tibi Dominus ex Sion : et videas bona Jerusalem omnibus diebus vitae tuae. Et videas filios filiorum tuarum. Pacem super Israel.

 

Blessed are all they that fear the Lord, that walk in his ways.
For thou shalt eat the labours of thine hands ; thou shalt be blessed, and it shall be well with thee.
Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine in the secret places of thine house ; thy children like olive branches round about thy table.

Lo, thus shall the man be blessed who feareth the Lord.
The Lord bless thee out of Sion : mayest thou see the good things of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
Mayest thou see thy children's children.
Peace upon Israel.



 

Psalm 126 ~ The Security of the Family

The family is the gift of God; its numbers are its security


Nisi Dominos aedificaverit domum,
in vanum laboraverunt qui ae dificant earn.
Nisi Dominus custodierit civitatem, frustra vigilat qui custodit eam.
Vanum est vobis ante lucem surgere : surgite postquam sederitis, qui manducatis panem doloris.
Cum dederit dilectis suis somnum : ecce haereditas Domini filii : mer ces fructus ventris.
Sicut sagittae in manu potentis :
ita filii excussorum.
Beatus vir, qui implcvit desiderium suum ex ipsis
non confundetur cum loquetur inimicis suis in porta.

 

Except the Lord build the house, their labour is but lost that build it.
Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early ; rise up after ye have taken your rest, ye that eat the bread of sorrow, For God hath given his beloved sleep.
Children also are a heritage of the Lord ; the fruit of the womb is a gift of the Lord ;
Like arrows in the hand of the mighty, such are sons born in youth.
Blessed is the man that hash his quiver full of them ;
he shall not be confounded when he speaketh unto his foes in the gate.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Dies Irae

 

Dies iræ! dies illa
Solvet sæclum in favilla
Teste David cum Sibylla!

Quantus tremor est futurus,
quando judex est venturus,
cuncta stricte discussurus!

Tuba mirum spargens sonum
per sepulchra regionum,
coget omnes ante thronum.

Mors stupebit et natura,
cum resurget creatura,
judicanti responsura.

Liber scriptus proferetur,
in quo totum continetur,
unde mundus judicetur.

Judex ergo cum sedebit,
quidquid latet apparebit:
nil inultum remanebit.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus?
Quem patronum rogaturus,
cum vix justus sit securus?

Rex tremendæ majestatis,
qui salvandos salvas gratis,
salva me, fons pietatis.

Recordare, Jesu pie,
quod sum causa tuæ viæ:
ne me perdas illa die.

Quærens me, sedisti lassus:
redemisti Crucem passus:
tantus labor non sit cassus.

Juste judex ultionis,
donum fac remissionis
ante diem rationis.

Ingemisco, tamquam reus:
culpa rubet vultus meus:
supplicanti parce, Deus.

Qui Mariam absolvisti,
et latronem exaudisti,
mihi quoque spem dedisti.

Preces meæ non sunt dignæ:
sed tu bonus fac benigne,
ne perenni cremer igne.

Inter oves locum præsta,
et ab hædis me sequestra,
statuens in parte dextra.

Confutatis maledictis,
flammis acribus addictis:
voca me cum benedictis.

Oro supplex et acclinis,
cor contritum quasi cinis:
gere curam mei finis.

Lacrimosa dies illa,
Qua resurget ex favila
Judicandus homo reus.
Huic ergo parce, Deus
Pie Iesu Domine,
Dona eis requiem. Amen


-oOo-

 

Day of wrath and terror looming!
Heaven and earth to ash consuming,
David's word and Sibyl's truth foredooming!

What horror must invade the mind,
when the approaching judge shall find,
and sift the deeds of all mankind.

The trumpet casts a wondrous sound,
through the tombs of all around,
making them the throne surround.

Death is struck and nature quaking,
all creation is awaking,
to its judge an answer making.

The written book shall be outspread,
And all that it contains be read,
To try the living and the dead.

Then shall the judge his throne attain,
And every secret sin arraign,
Till nothing unavenged remain.

What shall my guilty conscience plead,
And who for me will intercede,
When even saints forgiveness need ?

King of tremendous majesty!
Who savest, whom thou sayest, free, -
Thou fount of pity, save thou me.

Remember, Jesus Lord, I pray,
For me thou walked'st on life's way,
Confound me not on that last day.

'Twas me thy weary footsteps sought,
My ransom on thy cross was bought,
Let not such labour come to naught.

Just judge of recompense, I pray
Cancel my debt, too great to pay,
Before the last accounting day.

My groans a culprit's heart declare,
My cheeks shame's burning livery wear,
Spare me, O God, thy suppliant spare!

As thou didst Mary's sin efface,
And take the thief to thine embrace,
So dlost thou give me hope of grace.
Though all unworthy be my cry,
Give grace, O gracious Lord, or I
Shall burn in fires that never die.

Grant me among thy sheep to stand,
From outcast goats my soul disband,
And raise me to thine own right hand.

When cursed foes are put to shame,
And given o'er to biting flame,
Ah! with thy blessed call my name!

Prostrate, my contrite heart I rend,
My God, my Father, and my Friend,
Do not forsake me in the end.

O day of weeping, day of woe,
When rising from his pyre below
The sinner to his judge shall cry,
Spare me, thou mighty God on high!

All, gentle Jesu, Saviour blest,
Grant to them all eternal rest ! Amen.

 

 

 

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A Letter from Jesus Christ

 

A Letter from Jesus Christ, by John of Landsberg. Gill's Spiritual Classics, Gill & Macmillan, 1982.


JOHN OF LANDSBERG, a 16th-century Prior of the Carthusian Charterhouse of Hensberch, wrote this short book in the form of a letter of information and encouragement written directly to a soul by Our Lord. He holds Himself up as our constant model, in all His commonplace trials and with all his commonplace problems. The letters are simple and direct, and benefit from this modern 20th-century translation. Here is an example of Our Lord writing about the problem on not 'feeling' religious.

'It can happen that you just don't feel any real devotion. Don't worry, carry on with a stout and constant mind, even though you feel dry and barren. Do whatever you know honours my cause and do just as much as you can on my behalf. There are a lot of people, after all, who even shed tears and give many signs of always tasting the sweetness of true devotion in their soul, and whose life is not a whit the holier for all that, and can even be in mortal sin. Such people have a certain natural tenderness of heart - I speak not only of women but of men who are by nature passionate and full of compassion, and easily `feel' devout. The only devotion that counts is devotion which improves your life.

You know the kind of people who start crying immediately they hear that some famous person is dead, even though they've never met him and know nothing about him personally beyond what they've read about him, and even though he may be of some quite alien religion, belief or nation. They will also weep sometimes if they hear about two famous lovers breaking up or one of them dying a tragic death. If people will do that, it's no wonder that they are brought to religious tears at some moving ceremony or just through compassion at my sufferings, or natural rejoicing at some honour they see done to me. Yet all these tears arise from a natural movement of the heart; such people have no virtuous intention in what they do and there is no real profit to their souls, as long as they do not do my will and keep my commandments. So, if you find that your heart is hardened and dried up and you don't feel any emotion, try to have another kind of devotion, by which I mean a true, perfect and ready will, and a determined resolution to do everything that might honour and please me.

In addition, if you're lacking a physical sensation of devotion, it is a good idea to try to find out the real reason. You could have lost that pleasing feeling in your soul because of some silly affection for something or other, or because you've been too occupied with worldly thoughts, or through pride, or by pleasing yourself in this way or that. If that is the case, try being sorry not because you feel empty but for the reason you feel empty: that is, on account of the fault you've committed.

Even if sometimes some little bit of your mind goes on boiling away, or you can't get rid of an annoying scruple of some kind, or something you can't quite define interferes with your devotion, and, of course, if you're distressed, or oppressed by a heaviness of soul, make sure at least that the inward, rational part of you stays peaceful in the assurance that you love my commandments and will try to carry them out'.

 

 

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The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

 

Begin with the Sign of the Cross

 

Opening prayer (optional)

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 (Divine Mercy Diary, 1319).

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in You! (Diary, 84)

(Our Father... Hail Mary... and Apostles Creed).

On the 'Our Father' Beads say:

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 say:

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Conclude with:

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world (three times)(476).

Closing Prayer (optional):

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 (950).

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In 1933, God gave Sister Faustina a striking vision of His Mercy. She tells us:

"I saw a great light, with God the Father in the midst of it. Between this light and the earth I saw Jesus nailed to the Cross and in such a way that God, wanting to look upon the earth, had to look through Our Lord's wounds and I understood that God blessed the earth for the sake of Jesus."

Of another vision on Sept. 13, 1935, she writes:

"I saw an Angel, the executor of God's wrath... about to strike the earth...I began to beg God earnestly for the world with words which I heard interiorly. As I prayed in this way, I saw the
Angel's helplessness, and he could not carry out the just punishment...."

Jesus said later to Sister Faustina: "Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you. Anyone who says it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from My Infinite Mercy. I want the whole world to know My Infinite Mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My Mercy...."

"....When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person not as the just judge but as the Merciful Saviour."


The Novena to The Divine Mercy (Diary, 1209-1229)

It is greatly recommended that the following novena intentions and prayers be prayed together with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, since Our Lord specifically asked for a novena of Chaplets, especially before the Feast of Mercy.


FIRST DAY

"Today bring to Me ALL MANKIND, ESPECIALLY ALL SINNERS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me."

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.


SECOND DAY

"Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS, and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave Me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind."

Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service,* that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard -- upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.

* In the original text, Saint Faustina uses the pronoun "us" since she was offering this prayer as a consecrated religious sister. The wording adapted here is intended to make the prayer suitable for universal use.

THIRD DAY

"Today bring to Me ALL DEVOUT AND FAITHFUL SOULS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. These souls brought Me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness."

Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this grace of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.

FOURTH DAY

"Today bring to Me THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD* AND THOSE WHO DO NOT YET KNOW ME. I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy."

Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages.

Amen.

*Our Lord's original words here were "the pagans." Since the pontificate of Pope John XXIII, the Church has seen fit to replace this term with clearer and more appropriate terminology.


FIFTH DAY

"Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAVE SEPARATED THEMSELVES FROM MY CHURCH,* and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church, My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion."

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son's Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

*Our Lord's original words here were "heretics and schismatics," since He spoke to Saint Faustina within the context of her times. As of the Second Vatican Council, Church authorities have seen fit not to use those designations in accordance with the explanation given in the Council's Decree on Ecumenism (n.3). Every pope since the Council has reaffirmed that usage. Saint Faustina herself, her heart always in harmony with the mind of the Church, most certainly would have agreed. When at one time, because of the decisions of her superiors and father confessor, she was not able to execute Our Lord's inspirations and orders, she declared: "I will follow Your will insofar as You will permit me to do so through Your representative. O my Jesus " I give priority to the voice of the Church over the voice with which You speak to me" (497). The Lord confirmed her action and praised her for it.


SIXTH DAY

"Today bring to Me THE MEEK AND HUMBLE SOULS AND THE SOULS OF LITTLE CHILDREN, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the humble soul is capable of receiving My grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence."

Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, "Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart." Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father's favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.


SEVENTH DAY

"Today bring to Me THE SOULS WHO ESPECIALLY VENERATE AND GLORIFY MY MERCY, * and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death."

Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God:

Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend as His glory. Amen.

*The text leads one to conclude that in the first prayer directed to Jesus, Who is the Redeemer, it is "victim" souls and contemplatives that are being prayed for; those persons, that is, that voluntarily offered themselves to God for the salvation of their neighbor (see Col 1:24; 2 Cor 4:12). This explains their close union with the Savior and the extraordinary efficacy that their invisible activity has for others. In the second prayer, directed to the Father from whom comes "every worthwhile gift and every genuine benefit,"we recommend the "active" souls, who promote devotion to The Divine Mercy and exercise with it all the other works that lend themselves to the spiritual and material uplifting of their brethren.


EIGHTH DAY

"Today bring to Me THE SOULS WHO ARE DETAINED IN PURGATORY, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My justice."

Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your mercy may be celebrated.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.


NINTH DAY

"Today bring to Me SOULS WHO HAVE BECOME LUKEWARM, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in theGarden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: 'Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.' For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy."

Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.

 


NOTE: The information contained on this page is from the booklet The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion © 1995 Marians of the Immaculate Conception. All rights reserved.

 


Frequently Asked Questions About Divine Mercy


Q. What was the name of the saint who helped spread the Divine Mercy message?

A. Born as Helena Kowalska, she was given the name Sister Maria Faustina when she received her habit as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. She was allowed to add "of the Most Blessed Sacrament" to her name to make "Sister Maria Faustina of the Most Blessed Sacrament".

Q. What exactly is Divine Mercy?

A. Divine Mercy is Jesus' message to us that His Love and Forgiveness is greater than our sins. All He asks is that we trust in Him, ask for and accept His Mercy, and then let Mercy work through us to help others. He also wants us to be merciful, loving, compassionate, and forgiving to others.

Like the gospel command, "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful," this demand that we show mercy to our neighbors "always and everywhere" seems impossible to fulfill. But the Lord assures us that it is possible. "When a soul approaches Me with trust," He explains, "I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls" (St. Faustina's Diary, 1074).

Q. How did Saint Faustina learn about the Divine Mercy?

A. On February 22, 1931, Jesus appeared to Saint Faustina for the first time. For four years she recorded Jesus' words, her visions, and her own thoughts and prayers in a personal diary. She writes:


"In the evening, when I was in my cell, I became aware of the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand was raised in blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From the opening of the garment at the breast there came forth two large rays, one red and the other pale. In silence I gazed intently at the Lord; my soul was overwhelmed with fear, but also with great joy. After a while Jesus said to me, 'paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the inscription: Jesus, I trust in You.

"The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous; the red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of My most tender Mercy at that time when My agonizing Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross....Fortunate is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him."

In visions that followed, Jesus asked Saint Faustina to be His instrument for spreading the message of His Mercy to all the world.

Q. What is the Divine Mercy Chaplet?

A. The words of the Divine Mercy Chaplet were given to Saint Faustina after seeing visions of Jesus' crucifixion and of God's blessing the earth because of His sacrifice.

"Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you. Anyone who says it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from My Infinite Mercy. I want the whole world to know My Infinite Mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My Mercy...." Sept 13, 1935

Q. What is the Divine Mercy Novena and Divine Mercy Sunday?

A. According to Saint Faustina's diary, Jesus asked that the first Sunday after Easter be designated as the "Feast of Divine Mercy". He promised that on this day His Mercy would be overflowing to those who would ask for it. On Sunday, April 30, 2000, Pope John Paul II decreed that the Sunday after Easter officially be known as "Divine Mercy Sunday."

Jesus also requested a Divine Mercy Novena to begin on Good Friday in preparation for the Feast of Divine Mercy. Jesus asked that each day of the novena focus on a special intention.

"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."


The intentions Jesus requested are as follows:

Good Friday - All mankind, especially sinners

Holy Saturday - The souls of priests and religious

Easter Sunday - All devout and faithful souls

Easter Monday - Those who do not believe in Jesus and those who do not yet know Him

Easter Tuesday - The souls of separated brethren

Easter Wednesday - The meek and humble souls and the souls of children

Easter Thursday - The souls who especially venerate and glorify Jesus' mercy

Easter Friday - The souls who are detained in purgatory

Easter Saturday - The souls who have become lukewarm

Q. Is it possible to get an Indulgence for participating in the Divine Mercy Novena?

A. Both a plenary and partial indulgence are available for people participating in the Feast of Divine Mercy. The Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See granted the indulgences on June 29, 2002. To obtain a plenary indulgence the faithful must complete the following:

* Sacramental Confession within 8 days before or after Divine Mercy Sunday

* Eucharistic Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday (or the vigil Mass)

* Participate in the prayers and devotions at church or in a chapel celebrating Divine Mercy or recite the Our Father, the Apostles' Creed, and a prayer such as "Jesus, I trust in You."

If you are unable to complete the requirements for a plenary indulgence (due to sickness or other serious reason) you may obtain a partial indulgence by completing the following:

* Pray with a contrite heart to the Merciful heart of Jesus a prayer such as "Jesus, I trust in You."


Q. What else is known about the life of Saint Faustina?

A. Helena Kowalska (Saint Faustina) was born on August 25, 1905 in a village named Glogowiec in Poland. She had nine brothers and sisters and was the third eldest child. On August 1, 1925 she journeyed to Krakow, Poland to join the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy whose mission was to educate and care for young women in need. The next year she received her habit and her name. She had a special devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to the Blessed Sacrament, and to the sacrament of Reconciliation. She contracted tuberculosis and died at the age of 33 on October 5, 1938. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 18, 1993 and canonized on April 30, 2000 (Mercy Sunday) to became this Millennium's first saint!

Q. Is it true that devotion to the Divine Mercy was banned at one time?

A. Yes, it is true that devotions based on the revelations of Divine Mercy in Saint Faustina's diary were banned for a time following her death. The political turmoil of World War II made it impossible for the Church to study Saint Faustina's writings and the ban was implemented until the matter could be investigated and authenticated. Once the papers were studied, Saint Faustina's writings were found to be "entirely theologically correct".

Q. Why is Pope John Paul II sometimes called "The Mercy Pope"?

A. While serving as Cardinal of Krakow, Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) worked diligently and succeeded in having the ban on Saint Faustina's writings lifted. As a pope, John Paul II focused his second encyclical on the Divine Mercy in "Dives in Misericordia" (The Mercy of God). On June 7, 1997, the pope visited Faustina's tomb while on a visit to Poland and stated that the Divine Mercy had "formed the image of his pontificate."

 

 

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GRANT US, Father a spirit of wisdom and insight, so that we may know the great hope to which we have been called.

Let peace and harmony reign among all the dwellers on the earth.

To those who exercise the ministry of authority in the service of their brothers, send a spirit of wisdom and humility.

May all those consecrated to you together devote themselves to constant prayer.

Grant us, O God, to fill up in our own flesh what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for his Church.

To our families and benefactors grant the blessing of everlasting life.

Be ever mindful of your mercy, exalt the lowly; fill the hungry with good things.

Both in life and death, let us be yours, O Lord.

Free the world from its slavery to corruption, to share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.

 

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