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CATHOLIC CHURCH OF MARY
MOTHER OF GOD, PONDERS END (WESTMINSTER DIOCESE)

Divine Mercy

The Divine Mercy is a Catholic devotion focused on the mercy of God and its power; particularly as a form of thanksgiving and entrusting of oneself to God's mercy. The devotion as known today can be traced to Polish nun and canonized saint, Sister Faustina Kowalska known as the "Apostle of Mercy", who lived from 1905-1938.

It is based upon the biblical verse: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; in that anyone who seeks God's mercy will not be turned away. According to St. Faustina, Jesus, in inner speakings to her, requested her to commission a picture of him with the words 'Jezu Ufam Tobie' (Jesus I Trust In You) inscribed on the bottom (please see our Divine Mercy pictures).

For further reading on the Divine Mercy, please see: ‘Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul’ - by Faustina Kowalska (available from many booksellers, i.e. Amazon). Also visit the following site: http://thedivinemercy.org/

Divine Mercy Prayers

The two most common prayers for this devotion, are the ‘3 0’clock (3pm) prayer’ and the ‘Divine Mercy Chaplet’. They are as follows:-
3 O’clock (3pm) Prayer
“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 forth as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in you ...Jesus, I trust in you”.

Divine Mercy Chaplet

According to Saint Faustina's visions written in her diary, the Chaplet's prayers for mercy are threefold: to obtain mercy, to trust in Christ's mercy, and to show mercy to others. St. Faustina wrote that Jesus promised that all who recite this chaplet at the hour of death or in the presence of the dying, will receive great mercy. She wrote that Jesus said:
"When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying; not as the just judge but as the Merciful Saviour."

The Chaplet begins by making the Sign of the Cross. Then:-

1. Our Father
2. Hail Mary
3. Apostles Creed
4. On the large bead before each of the five decades (set of ten prayers) it is stated:
"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."
5. On each of the 10 small "Hail Mary" beads it is stated:
"For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."
6. The Chaplet concludes with:
"Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” (repeat 3 times)

Divine Mercy Sunday

The feast of Divine Mercy Sunday was instituted by Blessed Pope John Paul II and is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday after Easter within the Liturgical calendar.

In an entry in her diary Faustina stated that, “...anyone who participates in the Mass and receives the sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist on this day is assured by Jesus of full remission of their sins and punishments.”

Divine Mercy Devotion in Our Parish

"Every Friday evening in our church after the evening Mass we have Devotions - an ancient tradition of the Church involving the Faithful in devoting their time in a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ with the support and intercession of Mary, the Mother of Jesus and/or of the Saints who are in the Kingdom of Heaven and who are continually making intercession on our behalf. To use these gifts is a powerful way of deepening our own spirituality and of bringing us into a more intimate relationship with the person of Jesus Christ.

On the 2nd Friday of the month, immediately after evening Mass, we will have Devotions to the Divine Mercy. This will comprise the Chaplet, the Novena to the Divine Mercy and the prayers of St Faustina to whom Jesus revealed devotion to His Mercy. It may be possible on occasions to sing the Chaplet”.
– Father John Shewring

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