This year is a very special year to celebrate this feast as it also marks the Beatification of Pope John Paul II as blessed among us. Archbishop Vigneron has asked that all parishes participate in this journey into the Mercy of Jesus.
We begin the Novena of Divine Mercy immediately after the Communion Service on Good Friday, right at the hour of Mercy: 3pm. We will continue that Novena each day at 3pm until the feast and will be praying in the Parish Chapel on Erie Drive. On May 2nd we can join St. Mary’s across the street for the festivities of the feast. Details are in the narthex or you can call St. Mary’s at (248) 682-1885. Please get a leaflet on the Novena from the Narthex shelf to join us for this beautiful 9 day devotion.
The Divine Mercy Novena
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.
April 24, 2011