Novena of Divine Mercy

April 11, 1993
Brother John Raymond

	Some time ago I was asked to write an article on the history of
 Divine Mercy for a Catholic newspaper. I think Easter Sunday is a
 very appropriate time to talk about God's mercy.
	We are all called to imitate the mercy of Jesus. Our world today
 passes many judgements upon people. But anyone, no matter what they
 may have done, can be saved by the mercy of God. Our Lady of Fatima
 said in 1917 that souls go to Hell because they have no one to pray
 for them. What does this mean for us? It means that we have to pray
 for those people who may hurt us or who we hear about hurting
 others. For these people we should pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
 which was revealed by Our Lord to St. Faustina. This prayer is
 especially important to obtain mercy for those who are dying.
	Here is how to recite the Chaplet: Begin with one Our Father, one
 Hail Mary and the Apostles' Creed. Then on the large beads of the
 rosary 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 small
 beads say, "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us
 and on the whole world." Repeat these prayers throughout all five
 decades. At the conclusion of the chaplet say three times, "Holy
 God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the
 whole world."
	If one really wants to embrace the whole world in the merciful
 love of Jesus one would do well to also pray the Novena of Mercy
 revealed to St. Faustina. Our Lord asked especially that one pray
 this Novena starting on Good Friday and ending on the day before
 Mercy Sunday (the Sunday after Easter). Here are the Novena prayers
 which we should pray along with the Chaplet of Divine 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."
	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 the strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them, as
 through channels, My mercy flows out upon mankind."
	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."
	Fourth Day - "Today bring to Me those who do not believe in Me
 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."
	Fifth Day - "Today bring to Me the souls of the separated
 bretheren 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."
	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 would keep vigil at
 My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the
 humble soul is able to receive My grace. I favor humble souls with
 My confidence."
	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 particularily defend
 each one of them at the hour of death."
	Eighth Day - "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 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."
	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 the
 Garden 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 flee to My mercy."

	Let us remember to tell everyone about the Second Sunday
 of Easter being Mercy Sunday. Jesus said to St. Faustina,
 "I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all
 souls, and especially for poor sinners." On that day "the soul that
 will go to Confession [this can be eight days before or after the
 Feast] and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete
 forgiveness of sins and punishment."
	Let us be apostles of mercy this Easter Season by refraining from
 passing judgement on others and do something positive for them -

	All quotes are from "Devotion to The Divine Mercy" published by
 Marian Helpers, Eden Hill, Stockbridge MA 01263.