Thursday, April 2, 2015

{Lent} "Do This in Remembrance of Me"

Photo credit: the MC at our parish

Today is the first day of the Divine Mercy Novena
We pray that the Divine Mercy prayers will strengthen you as you fast and do penance today on Good Friday. We pray that you will grow closer to our Lord's Passion today and throughout this Novena. 
You can post your prayer intentions here:
These novena prayers are from St. Maria Faustina's diary where she wrote about her encounters with Jesus. 
He specifically asked her to create a novena of Chaplets to be said leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday, beginning on Good Friday. 
She wrote that Jesus said to her, "By this novena, I will grant every possible grace to souls."
Jesus gave St. Faustina an intention for each day of the novena. Each intention is that we would pray for a different group of souls each day, asking for God's mercy for them. 
Okay, let's get to praying!
Here are the novena prayers for today:
"Today bring to Me ALL MANKIND, ESPECIALLY ALL SINNERS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me."
Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever.

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