Divine Mercy

Church Documents

Jubilee of Mercy Page
(Pont. Council for New Evangelization)
Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee of Mercy
Misericordiae Vultus
(Bull of Indiction of the Jubilee of Mercy)
Dives in Misericordia
(Encyclical on the divine mercy by St. John Paul II, 1980)
Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Works of Mercy:
2447 The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his [sic.] spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead.  Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is  also a work of justice pleasing to God:

He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none and he who has food must do
likewise.  But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, everything is clean for you.  If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it excellent profit?
(Jas 2: 15-16; Jn 3: 17)

Novena of Divine Mercy

The Novena of Divine Mercy begins on Good Friday and is completed on Mercy Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter.  Each day, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed, preceded by a special prayer and accompanied by a special intention.  From EWTN’s website:
Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday.  He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said:

“These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It was on their account that I said: ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass Me by.’ The last hope of salvation for them is to flee to My Mercy.”

In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:

“On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy … On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls.”

The different souls prayed for on each day of the novena are:
DAY 1 (Good Friday)  – All mankind, especially sinners
DAY  2 (Holy Saturday) – The souls of priests and religious
DAY 3 (Easter Sunday)  – All devout and faithful souls
DAY 4 (Easter Monday) – Those who do not believe in Jesus and those who do not yet know Him
DAY  5 (Easter Tuesday) – The souls of separated brethren
DAY  6 (Easter Wednesday) – The meek and humble souls and the souls of children
DAY  7 (Easter Thursday) – The souls who especially venerate and glorify Jesus’ mercy
DAY  8 (Easter Friday) – The souls who are detained in purgatory;
DAY  9 (Easter Saturday) – The souls who have become lukewarm.
During the Solemn Novena leading to Divine Mercy Sunday,  the Chaplet of Divine Mercy should be offered each day for the day’s intentions.

 Divine Mercy Prayer 

EWTN Introduction and Resources
Divine Mercy Chaplet Instructions
How to Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet
(Clear step-by step directions and diagram showing how to use the Rosary for this prayer)

Classroom Resources

School Announcements
Dec 8th Morning Announcement
(To mark Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and Inauguration of Jubilee Year of Mercy)
Colouring Pages
Divne Mercy Colouring Pages and Word Search for Kids
Year of Mercy Classroom & School Resources
(Wonderful collection of colouring pages, school arts & crafts, bulletin board ideas, further resources from Katherine Bogner’s Look to Him and be Radiant blog.  Well worth the visit!)
MERCY:  God’s Mercy Looks Like This
MERCY:  Being Merciful Looks Like This
MERCY:  Corporal Works of Mercy
MERCY: Spiritual Works of Mercy
Virtue of  FORGIVENESS
Virtue of LOVE

Year of Mercy Prayers, Prayer Services (Easily Adapted for Other Years)

Prayer for Mercy in our Catholic Schools
(Short prayer suitable for use at start of day, staff meeting, board meeting. Composed by RCCDSB Administrator, Karen Kenny)
Messengers of God’s Mercy: A Prayer for Catholic Educators
(Suitable to open professional activity day;  can be used as adult faith reflection exercise)
Messengers of God’s Mercy: Opening and Closing Prayers
(Suitable for PLC, presentation, PA day – taken from longer Messengers prayer service)
The Doors of Mercy
(Prayer service for Catholic educational leaders and staff, incorporates one decade of Divine Mercy Chaplet – entire Chaplet can be incorporated, if desired)

Video Resources

EFERN (EWTN) Divine Mercy Chaplet for Children
(Animated – Sr. Faustina introduces children to DM chaplet; prayer begins at 3:10)
The Divine Mercy Chaplet
(Slide show with prayer text and images of children at prayer, actual chaplet starts at 1:56)
Katie Ann Bogner’s Year of Mercy Video Links
(Great collection of links to videos for teaching students about the Year of Mercy – very helpful for the classroom.  From Katie Ann Bogner’s Look To Him and Be Radiant blog.)

Apps

Official Divine Mercy App
(Released by the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception)

Further Resources

Marian Fathers Divine Mercy Resources
Jesus’ Promises to Those Who Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet
(From Diary of St. Faustina)
Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy
(By Loyola Press, lists the works of mercy with a simple explanation of the two kinds)