DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
One year ago, we placed the Divine Mercy Image of Jesus in the church with the intent of promoting the Divine Mercy novena which leads to the Feast of Divine Mercy. Then the pandemic shut us down. This year we will get to put out the pamphlets that help explain how to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy as well as the nine-day intentions used for the novena.
The novena begins on Good Friday and goes for the nine days leading up to the Feast of Divine Mercy which is always the Sunday after Easter. The traditional time for the novena chaplet is 3 pm – known as the Divine Mercy Hour because that is the hour Christ died. We will have parishioners lead it in church before the Divine Mercy Image in our shrine area nine days in a row at 3 pm. But you may pray it on your own at any time or place on those days.
The Chaplet is prayed using a normal 5-decade rosary, but the brief prayers for each bead leave it shorter in duration than praying a rosary. It can easily be memorized except for the specific prayers that set forth a different intention each day of the novena. It is a great devotion to pray at the bedside of one who is dying.
The culmination of the novena prayer is the Feast of Divine Mercy itself which you will celebrate by attending any Masses that weekend. You might recall that St John Paul II died on the eve of the feast. Obviously, St John Paul II valued the Divine Mercy of Jesus very much to place it on the church calendar to be celebrated each year. He also canonized St Faustina, the Polish nun who wrote about the appearances of Jesus to her that gave birth to this devotion.