The Divine Mercy Devotions & Novena

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Trust

Trust expresses the disposition we should have toward God.  It includes not only the virtue of hope, but also a lively faith, humility, perseverance and sorrow for sins committed.  It is the attitude of a child who trusts boundlessly in the merciful love and strength of the Heavenly Father in every situation.

Without trust the Divine Mercy devotion cannot exist because the worship of the Divine Mercy is most importantly an expression of trust.  Jesus promised, to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy.  Sinners will attain justification, and the just will be confirmed in good.  Whoever places his trust in My mercy will be filled with My divine peace at the hour of death.

Trust is the condition for obtaining graces.  Jesus told Sister Faustina, the graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is - trust.  The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive.  Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to Me, because I pour all the treasures of My graces into them.  The soul which will trust in My mercy is most fortunate, because I Myself take care of it.  No soul that has called upon My mercy has been disappointed or brought to shame.  I delight particularly in a soul which has placed its trust in My goodness.

Mercy

Mercy expresses the disposition we should have toward every human being.  Jesus told Sister Faustina, I demand. . . 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 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.

This attitude of an active love of neighbor is also a condition for obtaining graces.  Jesus said: if a soul does not exercise mercy somehow or other, it will not obtain My mercy on the day of judgment.  If only souls knew how to gather eternal treasure for themselves, they would not be judged, for they would forestall My judgment with their mercy.

The Lord desires that those who worship Him perform at least one act of mercy every day.  Jesus told Sister Faustina, Know that My Heart is mercy itself.  From this sea of mercy, graces flow out upon the whole world. . . I desire that your heart be an abiding place of My mercy.  Let no one who approaches you go away without that trust in My mercy which I so ardently desire for souls.   

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The Image of Divine Mercy

The image of the Divine Mercy originates from a vision that Sister Faustina had in Plock on February 22, 1931.  In that vision Christ expressed His desire to have such an image painted and that the words in the signature beneath it be: Jesus, I trust in You.

The image represents the risen Christ, whose hands and feet bear the marks of the crucifixion.  From His pierced Heart, two rays issue forth: red and pale.  Jesus explained: the pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous.  The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls.  These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. 

The two rays signify the Sacraments, and the Holy Church born of the pierced side of Christ, as well as the gifts of the Holy Spirit, of which water is a symbol in Scripture.  Jesus said: happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him.

The image portrays the great mercy of God, which was fully revealed in the Paschal Mystery of Christ, and is manifested in the Church most effectively through the Holy Sacraments.  The purpose of this image is to serve as a vessel for obtaining graces, and to be a sign which is to remind the world of the need to trust in God and to show mercy toward our neighbor.  The words found in the signature beneath the image, Jesus, I trust in You, speak of an attitude of trust.  The image, Jesus said, is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works.

The veneration of this image is based on confident prayer joined with deeds of mercy.  Jesus attached the following promises to the veneration of the image thus understood: the grace of salvation, great progress on the road to Christian perfection, the grace of a happy death, and all other graces and temporal blessings which people who practice mercy will ask Him for with trust.

I am offering people a vessel, Jesus told Sister Faustina, with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy.  That vessel is this image with the signature: - Jesus I trust in You.  By means of this image I shall be granting many graces to souls; so let every soul have access to it.  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.

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.  Before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the doors of My mercy.  He who refuses to pass through the doors of My mercy must pass through the doors of My justice.

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Act of Entrustment to The Divine Mercy

O Most Merciful Jesus, Your goodness in infinite, and the treasures of Your grace inexhaustible.  I trust boundlessly in Your mercy, which is above all Your works.  I consecrate myself to You completely and unreservedly, so as to live and strive for Christian perfection.

I want to spread Your mercy by performing works of mercy, both spiritual and corporal, laboring especially for the conversion of sinners, bringing consolation to those in need, to the sick and the suffering.

Guard me then, O Jesus, as Your own possession and Your own glory.  Though I sometimes tremble with fear, aware of my weakness, at the same time I have boundless trust in Your mercy.  Oh, that all people would come to know the infinite depths of Your mercy, while there is still time, so that they may place their trust in Your merciful love and glorify You forever.  Amen.

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The Feast of Divine Mercy

According to Jesus' wish, the Feast of Mercy is to be celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter, showing the close connection between the Easter mystery of man's Redemption and this feast.

The Feast of Mercy is to be not only a day designated for the singular worship of God's Mercy, but also a day of grace for all people, particularly for sinners.  Jesus attached great promises to this feast, the greatest of which is connected with the reception of Holy Communion on that day.  It is the promise of complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.  In other words, this grace is equal only to the one we receive in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.  The greatness of this feast lies also in the fact that everyone, even those who are converted that very day, may obtain any grace for the asking, if what they ask for be compatible with God's will. 

Jesus said: I want this image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter; that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy.  I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners.  On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open.  I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy.  The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.  On that day are open all the divine floodgates through which graces flow.  Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet.

Preparation for this fast is to be a novena consisting of the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet for nine days, beginning on Good Friday.

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Novena before the Feast of Mercy

Jesus told Sister Faustina, 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.  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 . . .  On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My bitter Passion, for graces for these souls.

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.

Most Merciful Jesus whose very nature is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins, but upon the 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.

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 ever.  Amen.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Recite One Our Father - Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name;  Thy kingdom come; they will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  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.

Recite One Hail Mary - Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with Thee; Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of they womb Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

Recite The Apostles' Creed - I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from whence he shall come 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.

Glory be to the Father, to the Son and the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning, is now and every shall be.  Amen.

Complete the following sequence of prayers five times.  (The beads of the Rosary may be useful).

Recite one time on the single bead - "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."

Then recite one time on each of the ten beads - "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."
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In conclusion, recite three times - "Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world."

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.

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 us 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 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.

Repeat the Chaplet of Divine Mercy (described after the First Day).
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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.

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 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.

Repeat the Chaplet of Divine Mercy (described after the First Day).
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Fourth Day

Today bring to Me the pagans 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.

Most Compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world.  Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of pagans who as yet 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 Most 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.

Repeat the Chaplet of Divine Mercy (described after the First Day).
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Fifth Day

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.

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 adore the generosity of Your mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls 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 the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus.  Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages.  Amen.

Repeat the Chaplet of Divine Mercy (described after the First Day).
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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.

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.

Repeat The Chaplet of Divine Mercy (described after the First Day).
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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 particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.

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 You mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate You 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.

Repeat The Chaplet of Divine Mercy (described after the First Day).
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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 the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My justice.

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

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 than through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion.

Repeat The Chaplet of Divine Mercy (described after the First Day).
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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.

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 nevertheless 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.

Repeat The Chaplet of Divine Mercy (described after the First Day).
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