Perpetual Divine Mercy Novena
The Perpetual Mercy Novena is prayed every Friday at 3:00 PM at the Adoration Chapel, please join us:
The Hour of Great Mercy 3:00PM
In His revelations to St. Faustina, Our Lord asked for special prayer at the three o’clock hour, the hour that recalls His death on the cross.
As often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world — mercy triumphed over justice. (1572)
The Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed every Monday to Saturday in the Church after the 9:00 am Mass. Contact person:
Divine Mercy Novena
What is the Divine Mercy Novena, how and why do I pray it?
A novena is typically nine days of prayer in preparation of a celebration of a feast day. At the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy Novena is recited perpetually at the Hour of Great Mercy – the three o’clock hour. The Chaplet can be said anytime, but the Lord specifically asked that it be recited as a novena. He promised, “By this Novena (of Chaplets), I will grant every possible grace to souls.”For each of the nine days of the Divine Mercy Novena, our Lord gave Saint Faustina a different intention:
- Day 1 – all mankind, especially sinners.
- Day 2 – the souls of priests and religious.
- Day 3 – all devout and faithful souls.
- Day 4 – those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know Jesus.
- Day 5 – the souls who have separated themselves from the Church.
- Day 6 – the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children.
- Day 7 – the souls who especially venerate and glorify His mercy.
- Day 8 – the souls detained in purgatory.
- Day 9 – the souls who have become lukewarm.
“I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw therefrom strength and refreshment and whatever grace they have need of in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death” (Diary, 1209).
We have been given the gift of an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. For several weeks we have been made aware of the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy through the papal bull given to us by Pope Francis. Our children have been learning about the works of mercy in class, we have shared the works of mercy during family catechesis on Sunday morning, and have been made aware of them during Mass. The Novena of Divine Mercy, as well as the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, are both wonderful ways to put into action a Spiritual Work of Mercy: Pray for the living and the dead. You can pray the chaplet at any time anywhere for the benefit of others and at the same time grow in faith yourself.
Do you have a few minutes to set aside to spend time with Jesus today? Can you set aside a holy prayer time for nine consecutive days to join many others throughout the world in praying the Divine Mercy Novena? The benefits for those we love are out of this world – take a leap into deep water, make the sacrifice of your time and offer it for those you love; those still with us and those the Lord has called home to Him.