Diary: St. Maria Faustina Kowalska Divine Mercy in My Soul  © 1987 Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Stockbridge, MA 01263 www.marian.org Used with permission
Organize A Divine Mercy Apostolate
St Faustina wrote: When I learned how great are the difficulties in this whole work, I went to the Lord and said, "Jesus, don't You see how they are hindering Your work?" And I heard a voice in my soul: 
"Do as much as in your power, and don't worry about the rest. These difficulties prove that this work is Mine. Be at peace so long as you do all that is in your power." (Diary 1295)

Home Visits

With this Divine Mercy Apostolate the image of Jesus visits homes and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the nine-day Divine Mercy Novena and other Divine Mercy prayers are said. Songs or hymns may be sung during the prayers. This is how you can start it:

  • frame a medium-sized Divine Mercy Image so it is manageable in transit
  • have a priest bless the Image
  • select Divine Mercy prayers from St Faustina's diary, Divine Mercy In My Soul, or other Divine Mercy prayer books (you may download the prayers we have chosen)
  • decide if you want to sing songs or hymns to accompany the Novena and choose which one you want sung during the prayers
  • type and print these songs and prayers, as well as the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Novena and put them into individual folders. Alternatively, you can purchase Novena and Chaplet leaflets
  • begin the Divine Mercy apostolate in your own home, and invite family and a circle of friends to your nine-day Novena prayer
  • purchase or borrow a Divine Mercy video to introduce the devotion as not everyone is familiar with it
  • ask your family and friends if they would like to invite Jesus, The Divine Mercy to visit their homes for nine days - encourage them to ask their friends as well
  • schedule the visits as you get their response, remembering not to pressure anyone - Jesus chooses which home or family He wants to visit.

 
Home Enthronement of The Divine Mercy

It is important to have The Divine Mercy Image displayed in our homes as  Jesus told St Faustina, "My gaze from this image is like My gaze from the cross." (Diary 326) "By means of this image, I shall be granting many graces to souls; so let every soul have access to it." (Diary 570)

Here is how we started this apostolate:

  • encourage your family and friends to have the Image of The Divine Mercy displayed in their homes
  • obtain the booklet, The Enthronement of The Divine Mercy
  • speak to a priest who is willing to enthrone the Image and make an appointment with him as soon as someone confirms
  • ensure the Image is exposed in the home where the entire family can see it day in and day out
  • if possible, include the Holy Rosary as part of the Enthronement prayers.


The Feast of Mercy - Divine Mercy Sunday

It's not difficult to organize the Feast of Mercy or Divine Mercy Sunday celebration. The first thing you need to do is to talk to your Parish Priest and express your desire to celebrate the Feast on the First Sunday after Easter - Divine Mercy Sunday. Make a suggestion to celebrate the Feast during one of the Parish Masses. Be prepared, however, to be turned down as not all Parish Priests are open to the idea of celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday. If this happens, thank him graciously, and do not argue with him. Instead, ask permission to use the Parish Church for your Divine Mercy celebration. If he accedes, find a Priest to celebrate the Feast. If he doesn't, talk to another Parish Priest. It's always good to pray for guidance before attempting to do anything.

          A Parish Priest once told us that he had the option to celebrate the Octave of Easter rather than Divine Mercy Sunday, despite the decree of Pope John Paul II on May 5, 2000 proclaiming the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. We couldn't comprehend his reasoning as there really is no deviation from the Mass proper. The liturgy still proclaims Jesus Christ's Paschal Mystery. If anything, the significance of the Octave of Easter is reinforced by the celebration of God's Mercy through the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus. We thanked him for his time and prayed for him.

          After you find a priest and a venue, ask friends and family to help you. Delegate most if not all of the tasks as you will coordinate everything on the day itself. It is very important to advertise the event through Parish Bulletins, posters, flyers, word of mouth or in any manner you see fit. We have celebrated the Feast of Mercy as follows:

          • 2:00 to 3:00 PM   Holy Hour and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Confession. The Holy Hour prayers are the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy, various Divine Mercy prayers, or the Holy Rosary (you can also organize a choir to sing during the Holy Hour prayers, or simply use a portable CD/Tape player) Divine Mercy prayer booklets and CDs are available for purchase on this website.
          • 3:00 to 3:15 PM   Benediction
          • 3:15 to 4:15 PM   Holy Mass with Blessing of The Divine Mercy Image, including Images brought by those who attend the celebration

          If you would like us to help you, send us an email via the Contact Us page.

          How to personally prepare for the Feast:
          • Start The Divine Mercy Novena of Chaplets on Good Friday
          • Go to Confession before the Feast & sincerely repent of your sins
          • Show mercy to others in deeds, words and prayer
          • Participate in the Feast of Mercy or Divine Mercy Sunday celebration
          • Receive Holy Communion worthily on the day of the Feast
          • Venerate the Image of Jesus, The Divine Mercy

          See the Divine Mercy Prayers on this website.

          The Power of Prayer

          Gather family & friends and pray for the sick & the dying and for Marriages & Families under pressure, or start your own Divine Mercy Apostolate. 

          A Divine Mercy Apostolate for the Salvation of Souls

          Gather a group of friends or family members
           to pray for the elderly, the sick & the dying, the conversion of sinners and the salvation of souls - a Holy Hour at 3 o'clock pm once a week is ideal. Pray the Divine Mercy Prayers:

          There is no steadfast rule on when, where or what prayers to include. You can refer to various Divine Mercy devotional materials and select the appropriate prayers.

          Our Lord impressed upon St Faustina the importance of praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Novena for sinners. He said, "Tell souls not to place within their own hearts obstacles to My mercy, which so greatly wants to act within them. My mercy works in all those hearts which open their doors to it. Both the sinner and the righteous person have need of My mercy. Conversion, as well as perseverance, is a grace of My mercy." (Diary 1577)

          In another instance, Our Lord said, "...help Me to save souls. You will go to a dying sinner, and you will continue to recite the chaplet, and in this way you will obtain for him trust in My mercy, for he is already in despair." (Diary 1797)

          Suggested Prayers

          Prayer of Conversion Jesus taught St Faustina:

          "O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a Fount of Mercy for us, I Trust in You!" (Diary 309)

          Jesus also asked St Faustina to say a novena for the Holy Father. He said, "Make a novena for the Holy Father's intention. It should consist of thirty-three acts; that is, repetition that any times of the short prayer - which I have taught you - to The Divine Mercy." (Diary 341)

          St Faustina's Prayer for Sinners:

          O Jesus, eternal Truth, our Life, I call upon You and I beg Your mercy for poor sinners. O sweetest Heart of my Lord, full of pity and unfathomable mercy, I plead with You for poor sinners. O Most Sacred Heart, Fount of Mercy from which gush forth rays of inconceivable graces upon the entire human race,I beg of You light for poor sinners. O Jesus, be mindful of Your own bitter Passion and do not permit the loss of souls redeemed at so dear a price of Your most precious Blood. O Jesus, when I consider the great price of Your Blood, I rejoice at its immensity, for one drop alone would have been enough for the salvation of all sinners. Although sin is an abyss of wickedness and ingratitude, the price paid for us can never be equalled. Therefore, let every soul trust in the Passion of the Lord, and place its hope in His mercy. God will not deny His mercy to anyone. Heaven and earth may change, but God's mercy will never be exhausted. Oh, what immense joy burns in my heart when I contemplate Your incomprehensible goodness, O Jesus! I desire to bring all sinners to Your feet that they may glorify Your mercy throughout endless ages. (Diary 72)


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