On February 22, 1931, a young Polish nun, Sr. Faustina Kowalska,
He told her to have an image painted to represent this vision
The image that Our Lord asked St. Maria Faustina to have painted
The red and pale rays represent the blood and water
The image is a reminder for us to come to Jesus with trust
"Jesus, I trust in You!"
Calling her the Apostle and Secretary of His mercy,
In a series of revelations, He taught her that His mercy is unlimited
By the time of Sr. Faustina's death in 1938, devotion to The Divine Mercy had already begun to spread throughout Eastern Europe.
The image reminds us that salvation is not just by faith,
Divine Mercy poured out from Christ upon the Cross,
The Image of the pierced side of Christ pouring out blood and water
In July of 1940, Fr. Joseph Jarzebowski, a Polish Marian priest,
He arrived safely on American soil in May 1941; and Marians in Detroit, MI, and Washington, D.C., were soon distributing Mercy of God leaflets,
In 1944, a group of Marians opened a new house and apostolate
By 1953, the apostolate had become the international center for the Divine Mercy devotion; and in 1960 the Marians on Eden Hill
The A B C's of Mercy
The message of mercy can be called to mind simply by remembering A-B-C.
Ask for His Mercy.
God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly.
God wants us to receive His mercy
and let it flow through us to others.
Completely trust in Jesus.
God wants us to know
that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust.
Many different versions of this image have been painted,
"Not in the beauty of the color, nor of the brush
So, no matter which version you prefer, you can be assured that
Just as the Image can serve as a reminder of the ocean of Divine Mercy,
"At three o'clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners;
"As often as you hear the clock strike the third hour
"Try your best to make the Stations of the Cross in this hour,
THE CHAPLET OF THE DIVINE MERCY
(May be recited on ordinary rosary beads)
Our Father ..., Hail Mary ..., The Apostles' Creed.
Then, on the Our Father beads pray the following words:
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity
On the Hail Mary beads pray the following words:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion,
have mercy on us and on the whole world.
In conclusion, THREE TIMES you will recite these words:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One,
The words of Our Lord:
"Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything,
"By this novena of chaplets, I will grant every possible grace to souls" (Diary, 796)
"Even if a sinner were most hardened, if only once he will recite this chaplet, he will obtain grace from My infinite Mercy (Diary, 687)
Our Lord describes The Feast of Mercy
"The first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy,
You are to show mercy to our neighbors always and everywhere.
I want to grant complete pardon to the souls
LENTEN PREPARATION FOR THE FEAST
The Cardinal of Krakow, Cardinal Macharski,
"I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere."
Ask for His Mercy
Trust in Jesus