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Discover the extraordinary love and forgiveness of God through Divine Mercy

Where did the Divine Mercy devotion come from?

The message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy which began 22nd February 1931. The Holy Father John Paul II called her diary a Gospel of Mercy, that comforted those suffering from the brutality of the twentieth century

“in the age of totalitarianisms Sister Faustina became the ambassador of the message that the only power strong enough to counteract their evil is the truth of God’s Mercy. ” (1)

“Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of god.
All the works of my hands are crowned with mercy”

Jesus to St. Faustina

What is the Divine Mercy Message?

The message of mercy is that God loves us – all of us – no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others

A — Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.

B — Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.

C — Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive. (2)

What is the Divine Mercy Message?

The message of mercy is that God loves us – all of us – no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others

A — Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.

B — Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.

C — Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive. (2)

“Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of god. All the works of my hands are crowned with mercy”

Jesus to St. Faustina

What is the Divine Mercy devotion?

In the evening, when I was in my cell I saw the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand was raised in the gesture of blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From beneath the garment, slightly drawn aside at the breast, there were emanating two large rays, one red, the other pale (…) After a while, Jesus said to me: ‘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 your chapel and [then]throughout the world. [Diary 47].

Meditation and veneration of the Divine Mercy image reminds us of the mystery of God’s merciful love for man revealed in the Holy Scriptures, it inspires us to form the Christian attitude of trust towards Him and mercy towards neighbour by trusting in him and in so doing obtain promises of living and progressing in the Christian life confident in the promise of eternal salvation. (3)

” I desire that the whole world know My Infinite Mercy. I desire to
grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy.

Jesus to St. Faustina

” I desire that the whole world know My Infinite Mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy.

Jesus to St. Faustina

” Where if not in the Divine Mercy, can the world find refuge
and the light of hope?

St John Paul II

Why 3pm?

The chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed every Friday at 3pm in St Teresa’s.

The hour of the Lord Jesus’ death, 3pm, is a privileged time as regards the devotion to the Divine Mercy. At that hour, in spirit we stand beneath Christ’s cross in order to entreat for mercy for us and the whole world for the sake of the merits of His passion. The Lord Jesus said to Sister Faustina:

At three o’clock implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world (Diary 1320).

Immediately, it needs to be explained that what is meant here is not sixty minutes but the moment of Jesus’ agony on the cross, therefore – the prayer at 3pm.

Why 3pm?

The chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed every Friday at 3pm in St Teresa’s.

The hour of the Lord Jesus’ death, 3pm, is a privileged time as regards the devotion to the Divine Mercy. At that hour, in spirit we stand beneath Christ’s cross in order to entreat for mercy for us and the whole world for the sake of the merits of His passion. The Lord Jesus said to Sister Faustina:

At three o’clock implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world (Diary 1320).

Immediately, it needs to be explained that what is meant here is not sixty minutes but the moment of Jesus’ agony on the cross, therefore – the prayer at 3pm.

” Where if not in the Divine Mercy, can the world find refuge and the light of hope?

St John Paul II

What is the chaplet?

The chaplet can be chanted, sung or said, using a rosary:

1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross, 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and The Apostles Creed.

2. Then on the Our Father Beads say the following:
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.

3. On the 10 Hail Mary Beads say the following:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

(Repeat step 2 and 3 for all five decades).

4. Conclude with (three times):
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (2)

Click here to hear the chaplet chanted & here to hear it sung.

“Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained?

John 20:23

“Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained?

John 20:23

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