Why not try some of these simple things with your family to introduce them to Divine Mercy? For more on the history and the story behind Divine Mercy, check out this article.
Embracing Divine Mercy
- Make some Chaplet beads. Using cord of your choice, knot it with a single knot at one end, followed by a gap, then 10 more knots.
- Make a Divine Mercy card with the Divine Mercy image on one side, and the chaplet on the other. Carry it in your wallet.
- Divine Mercy Novena – recite the chaplet every day from Good Friday through to Divine Mercy Sunday (9 days). Every day has a special intention – visit the Divine Mercy Sunday website for more info. If you miss the beginning, you can say
the Novena anytime.
- Mercy Baking – bake some cookies in the shape of a heart. Ice them with passion fruit icing. Bake a cake and dust it with icing sugar using a stencil of the word ‘Mercy’ cut from paper.
- Reconciliation – go to Reconciliation trusting that Jesus is waiting for you in the person of the priest. If it has been a while, just ask the priest to guide you through the process.
- Mercy Art – make a banner using symbolic shapes cut from fabric. Make gift cards or bookmarks using the word ‘Mercy’ in different fonts.
- Offer Mercy – In the Lord’s Prayer we pray: “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us”. Let go of a grievance you hold against someone.
- Mercy Message – spread the word… write ‘Mercy’ on the sidewalks with chalk just as Arthur Stace wrote ‘Eternity’ on the streets of Sydney for 40 years.
- Pray it – Say the prayer “Jesus, I trust in you” when you wake, when you leave the house, when you face a challenge, when you make a decision, when you return home, as you go to sleep… anytime!
- Venerate – Prayerfully contemplate the image of Divine Mercy – let its message penetrate your heart.
The Divine Mercy Chaplet
The Divine Mercy Chaplet is a prayer taught to Faustina by Christ during her visions. Using Rosary or Chaplet beads, say the following:
Sign of the Cross, 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, The Apostle’s Creed.
On Decade beads:
On the Our Father Bead:
Eternal Father, I offer you the body and blood, soul and divinity of your dearly beloved son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
On each of the 10 Hail Mary Beads:
For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Conclude ( 3 times)
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Author: Francine Pirola
How did you go? Have you got any stories about this special prayer? We’d love to hear them so feel free to share in the comments below.
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