St. Faustina Kowalska was an uneducated Polish nun from the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland. Her writings are the source for this beautiful and powerful devotion. The Divine Mercy Novena is a wonderful way to prepare to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. A novena is nine days of prayer in honor of God’s Divine Mercy. At Our Lady of Grace Church the novena begins following the Good Friday service and concludes with a Eucharistic Holy Hour on the Feast of Divine Mercy (the Sunday after Easter). Materials are made available in the church for parishioners who would like to participate but prefer to pray the novena at home.
In 1931, our Lord appeared to St. Faustina in a vision. She saw Jesus clothed in a white garment with His right hand raised in blessing. His left hand was touching His garment in the area of the Heart, from where two large rays came forth, one red and the other pale. She gazed intently at the Lord in silence, her soul filled with awe, but also with great joy. Jesus said to her: Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory. I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world.
At the request of her spiritual director, St. Faustina asked the Lord about the meaning of the rays in the image. She heard these words in reply:
The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him. By means of this image I shall grant many graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works.These words indicate that the Image represents the graces of Divine Mercy poured out upon the world, especially through Baptism and the Eucharist.
For further information on The Divine Mercy Novena at Our Lady of Grace Church contact the Parish Office at 412-279-7070, email@example.com.
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