O greatly Merciful God, Infinite Goodness, today all mankind calls out from the abyss of its misery to Your Mercy -- to Your Compassion, O God; and it is with its mighty voice of misery that it cries out. Gracious God, do not reject the prayer of this earth's exiles! O Lord, Goodness beyond our understanding, Who are acquainted with our misery through and through, and know that by our own power we cannot ascend to You, we implore You: Anticipate us with Your grace and keep on increasing Your mercy in us, that we may faithfully do Your holy will all through our life and at death's hour. Let the omnipotence of Your Mercy shield us from the darts of our salvation's enemies, that we may with confidence, as Your children, await Your final coming -- that day known to You alone. And we expect to obtain everything promised us by Jesus in spite of all our wretchedness. For Jesus is our Hope: Through His Merciful Heart as through an open gate we pass through to heaven.
(Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 1570).
A Prayer for DIVINE MERCY
The Novena to The Divine Mercy
On Good Friday, 1937, Jesus requested that St. Faustina make a special novena before the Feast of Mercy (Divine Mercy Sunday), from Good Friday through the following Saturday. He, Himself, dictated the intentions for each day. By means of a specific prayer she was to bring to His Heart a different group of souls each day and thus immerse them in the ocean of His mercy, begging the Father -- on the strength of Jesus' Passion -- for graces for them. (1209),
Unlike the Novena of Chaplets, which Our Lord clearly wants everyone to use this second novena seems to have been intended primarily for St. Faustina's personal use. This can be seen from Our Lord's instructions, which address her with the word "you" in the singular.
But, since St. Faustina was commanded to write it down. Our Lord must have intended the Novena to be used by others, too. Once published, it immediately become very popular, and people prayed the Novena, not only in preparation for the Feast of Mercy, but at other times as well.
The wide range of intentions, which do not include personal needs, makes the great popularity of this novena all the more astounding. In this novena, we truly make the Lord's intentions our own -- a beautiful expression of the Church's privilege and duty, as the Bride of the Lord, to be the intercessor at Christ's side on the throne of mercy.
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."
"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.
By this novena, I will grant every possible grace to souls.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy may also be offered each day for the day's intention, but is not strictly necessary to the Novena.
"As I have loved you so also should you love one another." (John 13:34).
...one of the soldiers opened his side with a lance, and immediately there
came out blood and water.
"The two rays," Jesus Himself explained to her one day, "denote blood and water"
I let my Sacred Heart be pierced with a lance, thus opening wide the source of mercy for you. Come then with trust to draw graces from this fountain (Diary 1485).
You expired Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fountain of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us (Diary 1319).
O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I Trust in You (Diary 84).
The loss of each soul plunges Me into mortal sadness. You always console Me when you pray for sinners. The prayer most pleasing to Me is prayer for the conversion of sinners. Know, My daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered (Diary 1397).
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Pray for Families and an end to abortion.
Our Lady of Guadalupe with Your unborn Child; Jesus...
You appeared to Juan Diego and said:
"Here I shall listen to their weeping and their sorrows."
"I shall take them all to my heart, and I shall cure their many
sufferings, afflictions, and sorrows."
We consecrate all abortion mills, pharmaceutical companies, elected and appointed officials in the Americas and around the world, and the United Nations to You…take them all to Your Heart.
Our Lady of Guadalupe touch the hearts of all women contemplating an abortion who feel alone, confused and don't know where to turn...take them to Your Heart.
For all unborn children...take them to Your Heart.
For those pressured by others...take them to Your Heart.
For those who believe they do not have a choice...take them to Your Heart.
For those who have had an abortion and looking for peace...take them to Your Heart.
For the fathers of the person in the womb...take them to Your Heart.
For those who perform abortions...take them to Your Heart.
For those who work in abortion mills...take them to Your Heart.
For pharmaceutical companies that produce contraceptives and pills that induce abortions...take them to Your Heart.
For all elected and appointed officials…take them to Your Heart.
For all United Nations officials…take them to Your Heart.
For countries forced to abort unborn babies in the name of reproductive health care…take them to Your Heart.
Our Lady of Guadalupe please hear us as we weep for those sufferings, afflictions and sorrows from abortion...take them all to Your Heart.
For all Fighting the Good Fight...take them all to Your Heart.
Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe for an end to abortion
Jubilee Year of MERCY - 2016