Novena to the Divine Mercy

OPENING HYMN: HEART OF JESUS, MEEK AND MILD
Heart of Jesus, meek and mild Hear, O hear Thy feeble child. When the tempest most severe, Heart of Jesus hear. Sweetly we'll rest on thy Sacred Heart Never from Thee, O let us part; Hear then Thy loving children's prayer: O Heart of Jesus, Heart of Jesus hear. O Heart of Jesus, Heart of Jesus hear.

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THE NOVENA TO THE DIVINE MERCY
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NOVENA PRAYER

ACT OF CONTRITION

ALL: O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life and to avoid the near occasion of sins. AMEN.

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE DIVINE MERCY

"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 plunges Me." into which the loss of souls plunges Me." ALL: Most merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us 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.

ALL: We consecrate our entire life from here on to you without reserve. Into your hands we abandon our past, our present, our future. Jesus, we ask you, from this day on, to look after this family. Help us to be true children of God and children of Your Blessed Mother Mary. Through this image, may Your Divine Mercy triumph over all the powers of evil the world over. May all who venerate it never perish. May it be their joy in life, their hope in death, and glory in eternity. This we ask through Christ Our Lord, AMEN.

ALL: You died, 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.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a Fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You.

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, forever and forever. AMEN.
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Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (3x)
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SECOND DAY PRAYER

THIRD DAY PRAYER

"Today bring to Me the souls of Priests and Religious,

"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." ALL: 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.

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."

ALL: Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in us that we 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.

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FOURTH DAY PRAYER

FIFTH DAY PRAYER

"Today bring to Me the pagans and those

"Today bring to Me the souls of heretics and schismatics, 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." ALL: 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 heretics and schismatics. 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.

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."

ALL: 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 Compassionate Heart.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of pagans 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.

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Eternal Father, turn Your Merciful gaze upon the souls of those of heretics and schismatics, 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.

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SIXTH DAY PRAYER

SEVENTH DAY PRAYER

"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

souls is capable of receiving My grace. I favor humble

"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." ALL: 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 hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their spirit, overflowing with joy, sings 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: I myself will defend as My own glory, during their lifetime, and especially at the hour of their death, those souls who will venerate My fathomless mercy. AMEN.
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souls with My confidence."

ALL: 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 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 praises of Your Mercy for endless ages. AMEN.
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EIGHTH DAY PRAYER NINTH DAY PRAYER

"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 souls suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm soul. 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 flee to My mercy."

"Today bring to Me the souls who are in the prison of 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 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 for My justice."

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

ALL: 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.

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.

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CHAPLET OF THE DIVINE MERCY (ROSARY) ON THE OUR FATHER BEAD BEFORE EACH DECADE
ALL: 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.

THE LORD'S PRAYER

LEADER: Our Father Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

ON THE TEN HAIL MARY BEADS OF EACH DECADE
LEADER: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion. ALL: Have mercy on us and on the whole world.

ALL: Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. AMEN.

HAIL MARY

LEADER: Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee, Blessed art Thou among Women and blessed is the Fruit of Thy womb, Jesus.

AFTER THE FIVE DECADES, CONCLUDING DOXOLOGY

ALL: Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. AMEN.

ALL: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy on us and on the whole world. AMEN. (Repeat 3 times)
IN THANKSGIVING

THE APOSTLES' CREED

ALL: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. AMEN.

ALL: 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.

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TO THE DIVINE MERCY

LITANY OF MERCY

St. Faustina’s Praises of the Divine Mercy The Love of God is the flower—Mercy the fruit. Let the doubting soul read these considerations on Divine Mercy and become trusting: Response: I TRUST IN YOU. (to be repeated after each invocation below)

I fly to Your Mercy, Compassionate God, who alone are good. Although my misery is great and my offenses are many, I trust in Your mercy, because You are the God of mercy; and, from time immemorial, it has never been heard of, nor do heaven or earth remember, that a soul trusting in Your mercy has been disappointed.

O God of compassion, You alone can justify me and You will never reject me when I, contrite, approach Your merciful Heart, where no one has ever been refused, even if he were the greatest sinner… [For Your Son assured me:] “Sooner would heaven and earth turn into nothingness than would My mercy fail to embrace a trusting soul.”

Jesus, Friend of a lonely heart, You are my haven, You are my peace. You are my salvation; You are my serenity in moments of struggle and amidst an ocean of doubts. You are the bright ray that lights up the path of my life. You are everything to a lonely soul. You understand the soul even though it remains silent. You know our weaknesses and, like a good physician, You comfort and heal, sparing us sufferings — expert that You are. AMEN.

DIVINE MERCY, gushing forth from the bosom of the Father, DIVINE MERCY, greatest attribute of God, DIVINE MERCY, incomprehensible mystery, DIVINE MERCY, fountain gushing forth from the mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity, DIVINE MERCY, unfathomed by any intellect, human or angelic, DIVINE MERCY, from which wells forth all life and happiness, DIVINE MERCY, better than the heavens, DIVINE MERCY, source of miracles and wonders, DIVINE MERCY, encompassing the whole universe, DIVINE MERCY, descending to earth in the Person of the Incarnate Word, DIVINE MERCY, which flowed out from the open wound of the Heart of Jesus, DIVINE MERCY, enclosed in the Heart of Jesus for us, and especially for sinners, DIVINE MERCY, unfathomed in the institution of the Sacred Host, DIVINE MERCY, in the founding of Holy Church, DIVINE MERCY, in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, DIVINE MERCY, in our justification through Jesus Christ, DIVINE MERCY, accompanying us through our whole life, DIVINE MERCY, embracing us especially at the hour of death, DIVINE MERCY, endowing us with immortal life, DIVINE MERCY, accompanying us every moment of our life,
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FIRST DAY READING READER:

DIVINE MERCY, shielding us from the fire of hell, DIVINE MERCY, in the conversion of hardened sinners, DIVINE MERCY, astonishment for Angels, incomprehensible to Saints, DIVINE MERCY, unfathomed in all the mysteries of God, DIVINE MERCY, lifting us out of every misery, DIVINE MERCY, source of our happiness and joy, DIVINE MERCY, in calling us forth from nothingness to existence, DIVINE MERCY, embracing all the works of His hands, DIVINE MERCY, crown of all of God's handiwork, DIVINE MERCY, in which we are all immersed, DIVINE MERCY, sweet relief for anguished hearts, DIVINE MERCY, only hope of despairing souls, DIVINE MERCY, repose of hearts, peace amidst fear, DIVINE MERCY, delight and ecstasy of holy souls, DIVINE MERCY, inspiring hope against all hope,

The diary of St. Maria Faustina H. Kowalska is the record of her life experience – the journey of her soul. She was graced by a special communion with God, and the diary expresses her conviction that this communion ought to be the center of our lives. St. Faustina herself stated that she desired by this writing to fulfill the expressed command of the Lord Jesus and the order of both her confessors. She also acknowledged that she desired through this Diary to inform people of the goodness and grace of God. She also noted frequently that she wrote it with the expressed permission of her Superiors, which constituted for her the confirmation of God’s will. She told us about the Novena that:
“Novena to The Divine Mercy which Jesus instructed me to write down and make before the Feast of Mercy. It begins on Good Friday.”
Our Lord’s words recorded by St. Faustina in her diary:

READINGS FROM ST. FAUSTINA’S DIARY OF HER ENCOUNTERS WITH THE LORD

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“I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fount of My mercy, that they may draw therefrom strength and refreshment and whatever graces they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death.”

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“On each day you will bring to My Heart a different group of souls, and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy, and I will bring all these souls into the house of My Father. “
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SECOND DAY READING READER:

“You will do this in this life and in the next. I will deny nothing to any soul whom you will bring to the fount of My mercy. On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My bitter Passion, for graces for these souls.”

“I answered, ‘Jesus, I do not know how to make this novena or which souls to bring first into Your Most Compassionate Heart.’ Jesus replied that He would tell me which souls to bring each day into His Heart.”

1209) (Diary III, 1209)

On February 22, 1931, in the evening when St. Faustina was in her cell, she saw the Lord Jesus in a white garment. One hand (was) raised in the gesture of blessing, the other was touching the garment, slightly drawn aside at the breast, there were emanating two large rays, one red and the other pale. In silence, she kept her gaze fixed on the Lord; her soul struck with awe, but also with great joy. After a while, Jesus said to her:
“Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: ‘Jesus, I trust in You.’ I desire that this image be venerated, first in you chapel, and (then) throughout the world.” (Diary I, 47) 47) "The rays represent the Blood and Water that gushed forth from the depths of My Mercy when My Agonizing Heart was pierced on the cross. The pale rays symbolize the water, which cleanses and purifies the soul. These rays will shield the soul from the wrath of My Father. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him." (Diary I, 299) 299) "I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over (its) enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory." (Diary I, 48) 48)

“My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners. If only they could understand that I am the best of Fathers to them and that it is for them that the Blood and Water flowed from my Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy. For them I dwell in the tabernacle as King of Mercy. I desire to bestow my graces upon souls, but they do not want to accept them. You, at least, come to Me as often as possible and take these graces they do not want to accept. In this way you will console My Heart. Oh, how indifferent are souls to so much goodness, to so many proofs of love! My Heart drinks only of the ingratitude and forgetfulness of souls living in the world. They have time for everything, but they have no time to come to Me for graces.” (Diary II, 367) , 367)

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THIRD DAY READING READER:

When St. Faustina told her confessor, she received a reply from the priest: "That refers to your soul. Certainly, paint God’s image in your soul." When she came out of the confessional, she again heard words such as these:

St. Faustina said: “Jesus gave me to know that when I pray for intentions which people want to entrust to me, He is always ready to grant His grace. Jesus said:

"My image already is in your soul. I desire that there be a Feast of Mercy. I want this image, which you will paint with a brush, to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter; that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy. " (Diary I, 49) 49)

I desire that priests proclaim this great mercy of Mine towards souls of sinners. Let the sinner not be afraid to approach Me. The flames of mercy are burning Me- clamoring to be spent; I want to pour them out upon these souls".

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“So I turn to you, you--chosen souls, will you also fail to understand the love of My Heart? Here, too, My Heart finds disappointment; I do not find complete surrender to My love. So many reservations, so much distrust, so much caution. To comfort you, let Me tell you that there are souls living in the world who love Me dearly. I dwell in their hearts with delight. But they are few. In convents too, there are souls that fill My Heart with joy. They bear My features; therefore the Heavenly Father looks upon them with special pleasure. They will be a marvel to angels and men. Their number is very small. They are a defense for the world before the justice of the Heavenly Father and a means for obtaining mercy for the world. The love and sacrifice of these souls sustain the world in existence. The infidelity of a soul specially chosen by Me wounds My Heart most painfully. Such infidelities are swords which pierce My Heart.” (Diary I, 367)

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FOURTH DAY READING READER:

FIFTH DAY READING

READER:

The message of Our Lord to St. Faustina is about His great Mercy for all mankind. There is a great urgency about His message of mercy, because He wants no one to miss out on it when the day of justice comes. In these messages, there is an urgent focus on NOW. NOW is the time of mercy. NOW is the time for salvation, before He comes in judgment. St. Faustina recorded the Lord’s words of urgency: Jesus said to St. Faustina:

St. Faustina in her diary said, “The Lord permitted me to see the immensity and greatness of His Mercy. If only souls could realize how much God loves them! Earthly human understanding, is only a pale shadow of the reality.” Jesus pleaded for help in seeking the return of all who have lost their faith and offended God. He said to His Secretary, St. Faustina:
“Write, the greater the misery of a soul, the greater its right to my mercy, urge all souls to trust in the unfathomable abyss of My mercy, for I want to save them all. On the cross, the fountain of My mercy was opened wide by the lance for all souls — no one have I excluded!” (Diary III, 1182) 1182)

“The loss of each soul plunges Me into mortal sadness. You always console Me when you pray for sinners. The prayer most pleasing to Me is prayer for the conversion of sinners. Know, My daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered." (Diary V, 1397) 97)

“While there is time, let (mankind) have recourse to the Fount of My Mercy.” (Diary II, 848)
(Diary II, 965)

“The awful day, the day of justice, is near.”

“My Secretary, write that I am more generous toward sinners than toward the just. It was for their sake that I came down from heaven; it was for their sake that My Blood was spilled. Let them not fear to approach Me; they are most in need of My mercy... (Diary IV, 1275) IV 1275) I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy. Write: before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My Mercy, must pass through the door of My Justice." (Diary III, 1146) (Diary III, 1146)
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“Before the Day of Justice, I am sending the Day of Mercy.” (Diary V, 1588)

“Write down these words, My daughter. Speak to the world about My mercy; let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times, after it, will come the day of justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fount of My Mercy; let them profit from the blood and water which gushed forth for them." (Diary II, 848) 848)

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SIXTH DAY READING READER:

SEVENTH DAY READING

READER:

Once the Lord said to St. Faustina:

"Act like a beggar who does not back away when he gets more alms (than he asked for), but offers thanks the more fervently. You too should not back away and say that you are not worthy of receiving greater graces when I give them to you. I know you are unworthy, but rejoice all the more and take as many treasures from My Heart as you can carry, for then you will please Me more. And I will tell you one more thing - take these graces not only for yourself, but also for others; that is, encourage the souls with whom you come in contact to trust in My infinite mercy. Oh, how I love those souls who have complete onfidence in Me. I will do everything for them." 294) (Diary I, 294)

HOW SHOULD WE VENERATE THIS IMAGE OF THE DIVINE MERCY? By having it blessed and displayed in an honorable place in our homes and also in our places of work. We can carry a small card of the image with us a reminder of God’s abiding presence to draw mercy from the fount of mercy, to trust Him, and to do works of mercy. Our Lord said: “By means of this image, I shall image, grant many graces to souls.” (Diary II, 742) The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy is special, because the Lord designed it as a special vessel of grace and He Himself taught it to St. Faustina. It is a priestly and Eucharistic prayer for mercy, for all in need of mercy and can be said at any time. So our Lord’s promises are special for those who pray the Chaplet.

And Jesus assured her:

"Oh what graces I will grant to souls who say this Chaplet: the very depths of My tender mercy are stirred for the sake of those who say the Chaplet.”
848) (Diary II, 848)

" Yes, I will be with you always, if you always remain a little child and fear nothing. As I was your beginning here, so I will also be your end. Do not rely on creatures, even in the smallest things, because this displeases Me. I want to be alone in your soul. I will give light and strength to your soul, and you will learn from My representative that I am in you, and your uncertainty will vanish like mist before the rays of the sun." 295) (Diary I, 295)

“Write that when they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as a judge but as the Merciful Savior". (Diary V, 1541) (and a similar promise in (Diary II, 811)), “The souls that will say this Chaplet will be embraced by My mercy during their lifetime and especially at the hour of their death.” (Diary II, 754)
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I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it. I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor: The first - by deed, The second - by word, The third - by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy.

(Diary II, 742)

The First torture that constitutes hell is: The loss of God. The Second is: Perpetual remorse of conscience. The Third is: That one's condition will never change. The Fourth is: The fire that will penetrate the soul without destroying it. – a terrible suffering since it is a purely spiritual fire, lit by God's anger; The Fifth Torture is: Continual darkness and a terrible suffocating smell, and despite the darkness, the devils and the souls of the damned see each other and all the evil, both of others and their own. The Sixth Torture is: The constant company of Satan. The Seventh Torture is: Horrible despair, hatred of God, vile words, curses and blasphemies. “ “These are the tortures suffered by all the damned together... I would have died at the very sight of these tortures if the omnipotence of God had not supported me. Let the sinner know that he will be tortured throughout all eternity, in those senses which he made use of to sin. I am writing this at the command of God, so that no soul may find an excuse by saying there is no hell, or that nobody has ever been there, and so no one can say what it is like.

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EIGHTH DAY READING

READER:

St. Faustina wrote:

"Today, I was led by an angel to the Chasms of Hell. It is a place of great torture; how awesomely large and extensive it is! The kinds of tortures I saw:

“I, Sister Faustina, by the order of God, have visited the abysses of hell so that I might tell souls about it and testify to its existence. I cannot speak about it now; but I have received a command from God to leave it in writing. (Diary II, 741)
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NINTH DAY READING

PRAYER OF MERCY

READER:

St. Faustina said,

“I will not allow myself to be so absorbed in the whirlwind of work as to forget about God. I will spend all my free moments at the feet of the Master hidden in the Blessed Sacrament. He has been tutoring me from my most tender years.” (Diary I, 82) I,

Jesus told her:

ALL: O Jesus, eternal Truth, our Life, I call upon You and beg Your mercy for poor sinners. O sweetest Heart of my Lord, full of pity and unfathomable mercy, I plead with you for poor sinners. O Most Sacred Heart, Fount of Mercy from which gush forth rays of inconceivable graces upon the entire human race, I beg of You light for poor sinners. O Jesus, be mindful of Your own bitter Passion and do not permit the loss of souls redeemed at so dear a price of Your most precious Blood. O Jesus, when I consider the great price of Your Blood, I rejoice at its immensity, for one drop alone would have been enough for the salvation of all sinners. Although sin is an abyss of wickedness and ingratitude, the price paid for us can never be equaled. Therefore let every soul trust in the Passion of the Lord, and place its hope in His mercy. God will not deny His mercy to anyone. Heaven and earth may change, but God's mercy will never be exhausted. Oh, what immense joy burns in my heart when I contemplate Your incomprehensible goodness, O Jesus! I desire to bring all sinners to Your feet that they may glorify Your mercy throughout endless ages. AMEN. (Diary 1, 72) 72)

“Write this: before I come as the just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy. Before the day of justice arrives, there will be given to people a sign in the heavens of this sort: "All light in the heavens will be extinguished, and there will be great darkness over the whole earth. Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky, and from the openings where the hands and the feet of the Savior were nailed will come forth great lights which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day." I, 83 (Diary I, 83)

“Write down at once what you hear: ‘I am the Lord in My essence and am immune to orders or needs. If I call creatures into being - that is the abyss of My mercy.”

I, 85 (Diary I, 85)

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PRAYER FOR PRIESTS

CLOSING HYMN: O SACRED HEART, O LOVE DIVINE

ALL: Almighty Father, grant to these servants of Yours the dignity of the priesthood. Renew in them the Spirit of holiness; as co-workers with the order of archbishops may they be faithful to the ministry that they receive from You, Lord God, and be to others a model of right conduct. O Sacred Heart! O Love Divine! Do keep us near to Thee; And make our hearts so like to Thine That we may holy be. REF: Heart of Jesus hear! O heart of Love Divine! Listen to our Prayer; Make us always Thine.

May they be faithful in spreading the good news, so that the words of the Gospel may reach the ends of the earth, and the family of nations, made one in Christ, may become God’s one, holy people.

May the gift of Mary, Your Mother, to the disciple whom You loved, be Your gift to every priest. Grant that she who formed you in her human image, may form them in Your Divine Image, by the power of Your Spirit, to the glory of God the Father. AMEN.

O Temple pure! O House of gold! Our heaven here below What sweet delight, what wealth untold, From Thee do ever flow. [REF]

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PLEASE REMEMBER THE CONDITIONS OF THE FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY MERCIFUL DEEDS:
THE CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY:
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In order to receive this grace, the Lord attached conditions for the proper observance of this Feast on Low Sunday (i.e. the Sunday after Easter)

Feed the hungry Give drink to the thirsty Shelter for the homeless Comfort the imprisoned Visit the sick Bury the dead

1. The Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday.

2. The Sermon by the priest on that day should be on Divine Mercy, that is the mercy which God the Father bestows on us through Jesus Christ His Son.

3. That we contemplate, on this day, the Mystery of Redemption as the greatest revelation of Divine Mercy towards us.
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THE SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY:

4. The Image of the Divine Mercy is to be ceremoniously blessed.

Admonish the sinners Instruct the uninformed Counsel the doubtful Comfort the sorrowful Be patient with those in error Forgive offenses Pray for the living and the dead

5. The Image is to be publicly venerated. The image should be exposed to all taking part in the celebration and an image could be left in a position that all can touch and say “Jesus I Trust In You”. This can be carried out as people leave the Church if numbers prevent it during the ceremony.

6. Confession and Communion on the day. If confession is not possible on the day it should be as close to the day as possible. Communion is to be a worthy one on this day and must be accompanied by complete Trust in Divine Mercy.

7. That an act of Mercy should take place in our lives, as part of our preparation for the feast. We should be merciful to others in our words, deeds and prayers.

a. Merciful Word – Forgiving and comforting b. Merciful Deed – Any of the corporal works of mercy c. Merciful Prayer – Prayers for Mercy for someone
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