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Scott P. Richert

Novena of the Week: The Divine Mercy Novena

By April 15, 2014

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During Holy Week, there is really only one choice for the Novena of the Week: the Divine Mercy novena.The Divine Mercy The Divine Mercy novena began as a private devotion which Our Lord revealed to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska. Our Lord asked Saint Faustina to recite the novena starting on Good Friday and ending on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday, the Octave of Easter (the Sunday after Easter Sunday). The words of the prayers were dictated by Christ Himself to Saint Faustina, and Saint Faustina recorded in her diary Our Lord's instructions for each day's prayer.

To make it easier to pray the Divine Mercy novena, I have set up an e-mail reminder. Simply sign up for the e-mail course on Good Friday, and you will receive the prayers for the novena each day between Good Friday and Divine Mercy Sunday. The e-mail course includes additional links each day related to the prayer for that day.

Pope John Paul II had a great devotion to Saint Faustina, whom he canonized in 2000, and to the Divine Mercy, and over the past decade, the practice of the Divine Mercy novena has grown by leaps and bounds. In 2011, on Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI presided at the beatification of Pope John Paul II; on Divine Mercy Sunday 2014, Pope Francis will preside over the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. That makes participation in the Divine Mercy Novena all the more significant.

If you have a favorite novena that you'd like me to choose as Novena of the Week, or if you'd like me to suggest a novena for a particular intention, send me an e-mail, and I'll work it into the rotation.

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March 27, 2013 at 6:23 am
(1) barbaadams207@btinternet.com says:

Beautiful pictures and words

March 28, 2013 at 1:08 pm
(2) Koni says:

I am confused, if the Divine Mercy Novena starts on Good Friday, then it will end on Sat April 6 not April 7 which is the actual Feast Day? Is this really how all Novenas should work that it always ends a day before the feast? Pls give light.


March 28, 2013 at 1:23 pm
(3) Scott P. Richert says:

Koni, the normal way to pray a novena in preparation for a feast is to have it end on the day before the feast. All novenas, of course, recall the nine days that the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin spent in prayer between Ascension Thursday (day one) and Pentecost Sunday. That’s why the mother of all novenas, the Novena to the Holy Ghost, begins on Ascension Thursday and ends on the eve of Pentecost.

April 19, 2014 at 11:30 pm
(4) cathi says:

Why did the church calendar for Easter change? My son was born on Holy Thursday. Every 11 years his birthday would fall on Holy Thursday until 2001.

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