I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who prepared and helped us celebrate these sacred mysteries. A special thanks goes to Julie Cucunato and Jenny Dascoli in our Liturgy Department who work so tirelessly to help us to pray and enter into the celebration of the Mass not only at this time of year, but throughout the year. A thank you to the Ministers of Hospitality, the various liturgical ministers, our cantors and choir members, those in charge of the liturgical environment and those who helped in various ways over these days – thank you!
This weekend, I would invite you to consider joining us at our celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday. We will begin this Sunday afternoon with a talk at 2:30 by Fr. George McInnis from the Fathers of Mercy who has been with us preaching this weekend and then there will be our annual Divine Mercy Holy Hour from 3:00 – 4:00. We will have the chance to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, venerate the Divine Mercy image and spend time in quiet adoration of Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament, culminated with Benediction.
I thought it might be nice, for those who do not know how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, to explain how it is done. The Chaplet is prayed using a rosary and begins with the Sign of the Cross. On the first small bead is prayed the Our Father, on the second small bead is prayed the Hail Mary, and on the third small bead is prayed the Apostles Creed. Then there are five decades of the Chaplet, on the large bead is prayed the following prayer:
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
On each subsequent small bead, the following prayer is prayed:
For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Once the five decades are concluded, the closing prayer is prayed three times:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
The Chaplet is a simple, but beautiful prayer which calls to mind the gift of God’s mercy and asks Him to bestow it upon us or those for whom we pray. As the Lord said to St. Faustina who was charged with bringing the message of Divine Mercy to a hungering world, "Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will," (Diary of St. Faustina, 1731).