Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter, falls on 19th April this year

Message from the Divine Mercy team, 2020:

 

In the current restricted circumstances The Divine Mercy Team at St. Peter and The Winchester Martyrs regret that we cannot celebrate the very special Feast of Divine Mercy in the same beautiful ways we have done since 2001. We thank all those who have contributed to our celebrations from our own parish and to our numerous friends from far and near. Many of you have travelled miles to add to our joyous celebrations. It has always been a great joy to welcome such a reverent congregation representing  a range of nations united in our love of this feast of the universal church.

As we prepare to celebrate individually this year let us remember one another in our devotions, thanking the Divine Mercy for all the blessings we have received and imploring Him to bestow His abundant mercy on all of us wherever we may be.

I pray that by God’s grace we may all be able to gather together next year on Divine Mercy Sunday. – Gillian Barry

 

 

 

 

Our Lord appeared several times to Sister M. Faustina, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, in Poland, during the 1930s. During the Apparitions Jesus taught Sister Faustina the Devotion to His Divine Mercy. The Devotion spread to numerous countries and she became the first saint of the new millennium when Pope John Paul II canonised her on April 30th 2000, in St. Peter’s Square, on the Sunday after Easter. During that Mass he announced
that from then on the Sunday after Easter would be known as Divine Mercy Sunday, thereby fulfilling Our Lord’s request made nearly seventy years earlier.

 

 

The Devotion:

Celebrate the FEAST  –  Venerate the IMAGE  – HOUR of MERCY –  PRAY the CHAPLET –   Do WORKS of MERCY

 

 

FEAST  :  “ I desire that the first Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy.”  {para.299}

“ On that day priests are to tell everyone about My great and unfathomable mercy.” {570}

“…..whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete remission of sins and
punishment” {para.300}

 

IMAGE :    “ I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fount of mercy.
That vessel is this Image with the signature ‘ JESUS I TRUST IN YOU”   {para 327}

“….. so let every soul have access to it”    {para 570}

“The two rays denote Blood and Water.  These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender
Mercy when My agonised Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross.”  {para.299}

“ My gaze from this Image is like my gaze from the Cross “  {para.326}

 

HOUR OF MERCY : AT 3 0’clock implore My mercy, especially for sinners…….immerse yourself in My Passion……This
is the hour of great mercy for the whole world…….In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that
makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion……{para.1320}

 

CHAPLET :        Using rosary beads ….
1. The Sign of the Cross
2.  Opening Prayers  [optional]  ‘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. O Blood and Water, which gushed  from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You.’

3, The Our Father.    4.The Hail Mary.     5. The Glory Be.    6.The Apostles’ Creed.

7.On the large bead before each decade : 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. {para476}

8.On the small beads of each decade :
For the sake of His  Sorrowful Passion , have mercy on us and on the whole world.

9. After 5 decades  say 3 times :
Holy God, Holy Mighty One , Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

10. Closing Prayer.[optional]
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. {para.950}

Jesus said to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet incessantly, particularly at 3’oclock the Hour of
Mercy and by the bedside of the dying

Our Lord also promised that “Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death.’
{para 687}I

 

WORKS of MERCY :  There are three  ways we can do this : By a merciful word, by forgiving and by comforting.
By prayer, that too is mercy.
By deeds of mercy.

 

 

As we approach the beautiful Feast of Divine Mercy let us remember that Our Lord told Sister Faustina to
‘PROCLAIM THAT MERCY IS THE GREATEST ATTRIBUTE OF GOD.”  and that “ ALL THE WORKS OF MY
HANDS ARE CROWNED WITH MERCY”  {para 301}

In praying to the Divine Mercy let us also seek  the intercession of St. Faustina, the apostle of Mercy and of St.
Pope John Paul II who also worked tirelessly to promote the Devotion. He was beatified on the Feast of Divine
Mercy, by Pope Benedict XVI in 2011, and canonised on the Feast, by Pope Francis in 2014.

St. Faustina : Pray for us                  St. John Paul II : Pray for us.