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FRI-SAT-SUN      April 9-11, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 70

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LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND

     This weekend we observe the Second Sunday of Easter, more and more coming to be considered by many parishes as Divine Mercy Sunday as we finish up Easter Week on Friday and Saturday, the Octave of Easter. For the readings, liturgy, and meditations for Divine Mercy Weekend, click on DAILY LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND.

Friday, April 9, 1999

Saturday, April 10, 1999

SUNDAY, April 11, 1999

SAINT STANISLAUS, BISHOP AND MARTYR

Monday, April 12, 1999


PRAYER & DEVOTIONS

      This weekend we conclude with DIVINE MERCY NOVENA with the Eighth Day of the Divine Mercy Novena and the Ninth and Final Day of the Divine Mercy Novena.

EIGHTH DAY OF THE NOVENA OF DIVINE MERCY: EASTER FRIDAY, April 9, 1999

     Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your Justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your Mercy may be celebrated.

      Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your Mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.

It is greatly recommended the above novena intentions and prayers be said together with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

NINTH DAY OF THE NOVENA OF DIVINE MERCY: EASTER SATURDAY, April 10, 1999

     Most Merciful Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure Love let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your Mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your Love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your Power.

      Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your Mercy. 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

      This weekend we commemorate the anniversaries of the death of two Popes and the election of another. Friday marks the 1,284th anniversary of the death of Pope Constantine while Pope Donus passed away 1,321 years ago this Sunday. Saturday is the 444th anniversary of the election of Pope Marcellus II whose pontificate lasted only three weeks. 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 9:

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 10:

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 11:


"Come to Me. Drink freely from the Font of Divine Mercy and do not grow weary. "

      Those words above come from Our Lord on the Fifth Sunday of Lent in 1994 and they pertain just as much on Divine Mercy Sunday this year as ever before. In Message #472 Jesus invites all His children to share in His Passion so that we might all share in His glorious Resurrection. His Blessed Mother prefaces this in her St. Patrick's Day Message #471 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart when she encourages her little ones to emulate Patrick's devotion to the Holy Trinity and seek to fully accept the Cross and walk with her Divine Son. For Messages 471 and 472, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 471 and 472

Message Four Hundred-seventy-one, March 17, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of Saint Patrick)

Message Four Hundred-seventy-two, March 20, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
(Fifth Sunday of Lent)

For nearly six decades age has never been a factor with Italy's curia-meister Cardinal Angelo Felici

     We continue with this new series that debuted the beginning of the year, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our forty-first red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Angelo Felici, former head of both the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" who received his red-hat in Pope John Paul II's Consistory of June 28, 1988. For more on Cardinal Felici, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

41.   Cardinal Angelo Felici


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


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April 9-11, 1999 volume 10, no. 70   DAILY CATHOLIC