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EASTER SUNDAY ISSUE      April 4, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 65

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"Bring Me all devout and faithful souls and immerse them in the ocean of My Mercy."

      Today we continue with the third day of the Novena of Divine Mercy which will conclude with DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY next week. This Novena was imparted to Blessed Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun of the 1930's who is known as the "Apostle of Mercy". For this third day of the Novena and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, click on THIRD DAY OF DIVINE MERCY NOVENA

THIRD DAY OF THE NOVENA OF DIVINE MERCY: EASTER SUNDAY, April 4, 1999

      Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your Mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this grace of You by that most wondrous Love for the Heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.

      Eternal Father, turn Your Merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless Mercy for endless ages. Amen.

It is greatly recommended the above novena intentions and prayers be said together with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
(All material taken from Divine Mercy Devotions, copyright Marians of the Immaculate Conception)

CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY

      Devotion to Divine Mercy is conveyed through the Chaplet of Divine Mercy as Jesus imparted to Blessed Sister Faustina Kowalska when He relayed, as recorded in her diary "Divine Mercy in my soul", "Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you (1541)...Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death (687)...When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the Merciful Savior (1541)...Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this Chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My Infinite Mercy (687)...Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will. (1731).

      Following is the formula for the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, prayed on the regular beads of the Rosary. It is most appropriate to pray it at 3 o'clock in the afternoon which is the "Hour of Great Mercy" as Jesus said to Blessed Faustina: At three o'clock, implore My Mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the Hour of Great Mercy...In this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion. (1320).

      It is recommended to offer each decade to the wounds of Christ, such as the first decade in reparation for the wound in HIs Right Hand; the second decade in reparation for the wound in His Left Hand, the third decade in reparation for the wounds in His Sacred Feet; the fourth decade in reparation for the wounds in His Head in which the Crown of Thorns crushed His Sacred Skull; and the fifth decade in reparation for the wound in His side in which Blood and Water gushed forth as a Font of Mercy for all generations.

      The Novena to Divine Mercy, which Jesus asked Blessed Faustina to begin on Good Friday, 1937 is for nine days from Good Friday to Divine Mercy Sunday (the Sunday after Easter) which is the Feast of Divine Mercy. Jesus told her, By this Novena [of Chaplets and particular intention each day] I will grant every possible grace to souls. (796).


Events this weekend in Church History

      On this date in 1292 the Christian world mourned with the passing of the Church's first Franciscan Pontiff Pope Nicholas IV. In keeping with his Order's rules and spirit, he is best remembered for strengthening the missionary efforts of the Church. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 4:


"Have absolute trust in Me, and give unto Me, through full consecration, all your children and family."

     Those words above from Our Lord on the Feast of the Chair of Peter in 1994 in Message #462 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart reassures all His children that the little, innocent ones are satan's target and only by praying and giving all to Him can we possibly hope to protect our children from the wiles of the evil one. He reaffirms His bountiful Mercy which is the focal point of His Blessed Mother's 461st Message two days earlier on the First Sunday of Lent where Our Lady stresses sacrifice and perseverance. For these two messages, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 461 and 462

Message Four Hundred-sixty-one, February 20, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(First Sunday of Lent)

Message Four Hundred sixty-two, February 22, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
(Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter)

March 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! I call you to prayer with the heart. In a special way, little children, I call you to pray for conversion of sinners, for those who pierce my heart and the heart of my Son Jesus with the sword of hatred and daily blasphemies. Let us pray, little children, for all those who do not desire to come to know the love of God, even though they are in the Church. Let us pray that they convert, so that the Church may resurrect in love. Only with love and prayer, little children, can you live this time which is given to you for conversion. Place God in the first place, then the risen Jesus will become your friend. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

SPECIAL REPORT: POPE RENEWS APPEAL FOR TRUCE



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