Divine Mercy Prayer Group
Our Divine Mercy Prayer Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the Good Shepherd Chapel where we pray The Chaplet of Divine Mercy and bring our intentions before the Lord.
During the season of Lent our group meets weekly where, along with The Chaplet, we have discussion, questions and time for silent reflection to the contemplative music of Taize.
All are welcome, please just turn up.
Divine Mercy – A Brief History
The Devotion to Divine Mercy began spreading throughout the 1930’s from the visions and conversations that a young, uneducated nun, Sr. Faustina Kowalska had with Jesus Christ. As a visionary she was given some powerful messages for mankind. These she documented in her diary.
The first of these experiences occurred in Feb 1931. Jesus told her that He desired the image she saw of Him to be painted with the words “Jesus I Trust in You” written underneath. St. Faustina, as she is now known recorded in her diary that He said: “The Graces of My Mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only that is TRUST. The more a soul trusts the more it will receive. Sooner would Heaven and Earth turn into nothingness than would My Mercy not embrace a trusting soul.”
Jesus taught St Faustina to pray a Chaplet and a Novena saying, “Unceasingly recite this chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death, priests will recommend it to sinners as a last hope of salvation. Even the most hardened sinner if he were to recite the Chaplet even once will receive grace from My infinite mercy. Oh, what great graces I will grant souls who will recite this Chaplet. By means of it you can ask and obtain anything if what you ask for be compatible with My will. I want the whole world to know my infinite mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My mercy”
He also said “When the Chaplet is prayed for a dying person I will stand between that person and My Father as their merciful Saviour”
Jesus’ commanded that the Feast of Divine Mercy be established on the first Sunday after Easter. Such was Pope John Paul 11’s belief in St. Faustina’s authenticity that on the first Sunday after Easter 2000, he canonised St. Faustina and declared that henceforth this Sunday would be known as Divine Mercy Sunday.
Further details from Verona B