Divine Mercy Novena


 FIRST DAY
Today bring to me
ALL MANKIND, ESPECIALLY SINNERS

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 infinite power of You mercy for ever and ever. Amen.

SECOND DAY
Today bring to me
THE SOULS OF PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS

Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to your service, that they 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 int he way of salvation, and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end.  Amen.

THIRD DAY
Today bring to me
ALL DEVOUT AND FAITHFUL SOULS

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

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 as yet do not believe in You or 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 Your Son, 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.

FIFTH DAY
Today bring to me
THE SOULS OF SEPARATED BRETHREN

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 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 are separated from Your Son's Church, especially those 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.

SIXTH DAY
Today bring to me
THE MEEK AND HUMBLE SOULS AND THE 
SOULS OF LITTLE CHILDREN

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 Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek and humble souls and upon the souls of 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 praise of Your mercy for endless ages.  Amen.

SEVENTH DAY
Today bring to me
THE SOULS WHO ESPECIALLY
VENERATE AND GLORIFY MY MERCY

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.  These souls are united to Jesus and 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 spirits, 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 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.

EIGHT DAY
Today bring to me
THE SOULS WHO ARE DETAINED
IN PURGATORY

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 the purifying fire, that in that place, too, the power of Your mercy may be praised.

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 than 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 LUKE-WARM

Most Compassionate Jesus, You are Compassionate 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 ardour 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.


Divine Mercy Sunday - The Feast of the Divine Mercy

On Sunday after Easter Sunday, people all over the world will gather to celebrate the feast of God's Mercy.  It is now a public feast of the Church, by an official instruction given by Pope John Paul II on 5th May 2000.  The Feast on the Church's calendar, formerly known as the Second Sunday of Easter, has been renamed: 2nd Sunday of Easter - Divine Mercy Sunday.  So every Mass celebrated on this Sunday is now a special celebration of the Divine Mercy of God.  The Prayers, Reading and Homily on this Sunday Mass are centered on the greatest attribute of God:  His unfathomable Divine Mercy.

On the 18th August 2002, the Pope solemnly consecrated the World to the Divine Mercy.  In his homily He stated that "Apart from the mercy of God, there is no other source of hope for mankind".  To share in this consecration everyone needs to make a response individually by celebrating this Feast.

From Saint Faustina's diary it is clear that this Octave Day of Easter is chosen by Christ as a day of extraordinary graces - a complete outpouring of His mercy upon all who approach him with great trust and expectant faith.

Canon Ignacy Rozycri, Doctor of Dogmatic Theology, appointed by Pope John Paul II to examine the revelations of Saint Faustina, came to the conclusion that the extraordinary grace promised by Jesus on the Feast of Mercy, is a gift of grace equaled only by the grace of Holy Baptism which means that on this day your soul can be renewed as on the day of your baptism.

Jesus told Saint Faustina (died 1938)
"My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy.  I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners.  On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open.  I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy."

"The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.  On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened.  Let no souls fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet.  My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity.

"Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy.  Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity.  The Feast of Mercy emerged from the very depths of My tenderness.  It is May desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Sunday.  Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy".

One of the best descriptions of how to prepare for the celebration is given by Francis Cardinal Macharski, Archbishop of Cracow, Poland, and Protector of the Divine Mercy message and devotion.  In his 1985 Pastoral Letter he points out that all of Lent should be a preparation for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery:  the Crucified and Risen Christ, who is Mercy incarnate.  This great mystery of our Redemption, which the Cardinal calls 'an act of the merciful love of God' is celebrated, not only during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday, but throughout the Easter season - and especially on the Octave Day of Easter, which we call Mercy Sunday or the Feast of Mercy.

Cardinal Macharski urges us "to prepare ourselves for this great feast, placing more and more trust in the mercy of God and putting mercy into practice through deeds of mercy".


The Chaplet of Mercy

Jesus asks that the Feast of Mercy be preceded by a Novena.  From Saint Faustina, He required a preparation for its observance by means of a Novena, consisting of the recitation of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.  He gave her orders to set down in writing, and dictated to her, the prayers of the chaplet of Divine Mercy with the intention for each day of the Novena.  The Intentions of the Novena are optional, for our own intentions or for those given to St. Faustina.  Concerning this Novena Jesus said:  "By this Novena, I will grant souls all possible graces".  The words' "all possible graces" mean that persons making this Novena to the Divine Mercy will obtain every sort of Divine blessing they ask for regardless of whether they pray for graces for themselves or for others.

The Chaplet of Mercy is recited using the ordinary Rosary beads of five decades.  Begin the Chaplet with the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Apostles Creed.

Then of the large 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 the sins of the whole world."

Then of the ten small beads say:
"For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world".

After the five decades say three (3) times:

"Holy god, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world".

Source:  Leaflets Divine Mercy Publications 

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