Some may not be familiar with the banner image on my blog. It is known as the Image of the Divine Mercy. This devotion,celebrated the Second Sunday of Easter, was very instrumental in my reversion to the Faith.
The image if Our Savior telling us explicitly to Trust in Him and His Mercy was overwhelming. It was on that Sunday in a Mass celebrated by the Archbishop of New Orleans at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in downtown, that I had one of the most profound and moving experiences. I could feel the True Presence of Our Blessed Lord in the Holy Eucharist and the Holy Spirit moving about the faithful.
It was then that my longing for the Eucharist drew me to tears. At that moment, I knew and understood what the Lord had done for me and for all of us. He calls us to be fully reconciled to Him through His Church, through His Sacraments – to keep His Commandments for love of Him. The Just Judge stays the Final Hour out of Mercy, giving every human creature the opportunity to repent for our sins in this life so that we may stay with Him in Glory forever in the next.
This is why I am so partial to the Divine Mercy.
Today, at the behest of Our Lord through the private revelation of St. Faustina, we begin the Divine Mercy Novena in preparation for Divine Mercy Sunday. The prayer intentions coincide with the Triduum under no coincidence. If you look closely you will note how the intentions, the prayer and the devotion are all directly linked to this most holy of seasons.
Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said:
“These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It was on their account that I said: ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass Me by.’ The last hope of salvation for them is to flee to My Mercy.”
In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:
“On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy … On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls.
The different souls prayed for on each day of the novena are
DAY 1 (Good Friday) – All mankind, especially sinners
DAY 2 (Holy Saturday) – The souls of priests and religious
DAY 3 (Easter Sunday) – All devout and faithful souls
DAY 4 (Easter Monday) – Those who do not believe in Jesus and those who do not yet know Him
DAY 5 (Easter Tuesday) – The souls of separated brethren
DAY 6 (Easter Wednesday) – The meek and humble souls and the souls of children
DAY 7 (Easter Thursday) – The souls who especially venerate and glorify Jesus’ mercy
DAY 8 (Easter Friday) – The souls who are detained in purgatory;
DAY 9 (Easter Saturday) – The souls who have become lukewarm.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy may also be offered each day for the day’s intention, but is not strictly necessary to the Novena.
Thank you Mother Angelica and EWTN for you steadfast devotion to the Faith in Christ Jesus.