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Divine Mercy Group

Divine Mercy Group

Our Divine Mercy Group meets every Wednesday. The group is led by Eileen and gathers in adoration and devotion to pray together the prayers of the Divine Mercy and to worship Jesus in Blessed Sacrament. 

We glorify God's Mercy by reciting the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy for our group, our priests, our church and parishioners, those who have asked for prayers as well as for all sinners, the dying and all souls who are suffering in purgatory.

We also meditate in silence, have a vigil mass and reconciliation plus sing songs of praise. This is more than just devotion, it's also a way of life for the Catholic faith, and a total commitment to God as Mercy. 
 
What is Divine Mercy?

During the years of World War I, a humble young woman, called Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska, with a very simple upbringing and education, was a nun in the convent of the 'Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Plock, Poland. On 22nd February 1931 she received a very extraordinary revelation - Our Lord Jesus appeared to her. Sr Faustina continued to see these mystical apparitions up until her death in 1938. During these visions Jesus asked her to paint an image (as shown), told her many messages and asked her to record these experiences, which she did in several notebooks. 

Pope John Paul II hailed Sr Faustina as 'the great apostle of Divine Mercy in our time' and canonised her on 30th April 2000, making her the first saint of the new millennium. The amazing experiences with the 'Divine Mercy our Lord Jesus Christ' of the simple Polish nun sparked the Divine Mercy movement, one of the fastest spiritual growing movements in the world today with a strong and significant focus on the mercy of Christ. On Mercy Sunday 2006, Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed that the devotion to the Divine Mercy is not a secondary but an integral part of the Catholic faith. Today, we turn to St Faustina in prayer and request her intercession to our merciful Saviour on our behalf. 

What are the Divine Mercy Messages?

The messages are known as the 'Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska - Divine Mercy in my Soul'. The Diary truly inspires people to turn to Jesus through devotion and prayer. God love us all and no matter how great our sins, His urgently needed messages were being sent as a source of hope and healing for the whole world. 

The three main themes of devotion are:

1. Asking for Mercy - God invites us to turn to His endless mercy by seeking His forgiveness for our sins and repenting with much prayer.
2. Showing Mercy - God wants us to receive his Mercy and for us to be merciful to others by extending our love and forgiveness to our families, friends, neighbours and enemies.
3. Trusting in God's Mercy - God wants us to trust Him fully so as to receive the grace of His Mercy, the more we trust, the more we will receive.

These three acts are to be exercised as follows:

1. By deed.
2. By word.
3. By prayer.

What is the Divine Mercy Chaplet?

In the messages given to Saint Faustina, Jesus included a prayer (the Chaplet) of Mercy and asked her to encourage others to say the prayer repeatedly in order to receive great Mercy at the hour of death - and for Priests to recommend it to sinners even the biggest sinners, and for them to say it just the once as a last hope of salvation in receiving the grace of God's Mercy.

The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy can be prayed on ordinary rosary beads at any time but it's more appropriate during the Hour of Mercy at 3pm each afternoon (immersing in Jesus' passion and the time He died on the cross) or it can be prayed after having received Holy Communion.



THE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET

Optional 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.
 
Begin with:
One Our Father, one Hail Mary and the Apostles' Creed
 
Five large bead prayers (usually Our Father):
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.
 
Ten small bead prayers (usually Hail Mary):
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, 
have mercy on us and on the whole world.
 
Conclude and repeat three times:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, 
have mercy on us and on the whole world.
 
Repeat 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!
 
Repeat three times:
Jesus, I trust in You.
 
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. 

Amen.





 SAINT FAUSTINA DIVINE MERCY PRAYER

O greatly Merciful God, Infinite Goodness, 
today all mankind calls out from the abyss 
of its misery to Your mercy-to Your compassion, O God; 
and it is with its mighty voice of misery that it cries out. 
Gracious God do not reject the prayer of this earth's exiles! 
O Lord, goodness beyond our understanding, 
Who are acquainted with our misery through and through,
and know that by our own power we cannot ascend to You, 
we implore You; anticipate us with Your Grace 
and keep on increasing Your mercy in us, 
that we may faithfully do Your holy will 
all through our life and at death's hour. 
Let the omnipotence of Your mercy 
shield us from the darts of our salvation's enemies, 
that we may with confidence, 
as Your children await Your final coming 
- that day known to You alone. 
And we expect to obtain everything promised us 
by Jesus in spite of all our wretchedness. 
For Jesus is our Hope: 
Through His merciful Heart 
as through an open gate we pass through to heaven. 

Amen



O my Jesus, each of Your saints reflects one of Your virtues
I desire to reflect Your compassionate heart, 
full of Mercy, I want to glorify it. Let Your Mercy O Jesus, 
be impressed upon my heart and soul like a seal
and this will be my badge in this and the future life.


What is the Divine Mercy Novena?

Jesus specifically asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy (celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter) be preceded by the Divine Mercy Novena - the nine days of prayer (praying the Chaplet) beginning on Good Friday, in preparation for the celebration. He promised to grant every possible grace to souls if this is done.

The different souls prayed for on each day of the novena are:

DAY 1 (Good Friday) - All mankind, especially sinners

DAY 2 (Holy Saturday) - The souls of priests and religious

DAY 3 (Easter Sunday) - All devout and faithful souls

DAY 4 (Easter Monday) - Those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know Him

DAY 5 (Easter Tuesday) - The souls of separated brethren

DAY 6 (Easter Wednesday) - The meek and humble souls and the souls of little children

DAY 7 (Easter Thursday) - The souls who especially venerate and glorify God's mercy

DAY 8 (Easter Friday) - The souls who are detained in purgatory

DAY 9 (Easter Saturday) - The souls who have become lukewarm

What are the Divine Mercy Stations of the Cross?

The Divine Mercy Stations of the Cross represent fourteen scenes of Jesus' suffering, death and resurrection. A spiritual pilgrimage of prayer is performed each Friday during Lent allowing us to reflect and meditate upon each scene.


If you are interested in participating just pop along or if you need further information please contact the presbytery (parish office).