What is Divine Mercy? [i]
The Divine Mercy Message is about the immeasurable Love God has for us and is as easy as ABC.
A – Ask for God’s Mercy (Sacrament of Reconciliation)
B – Be merciful to others (Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us)
C – Completely trust in Jesus (Truly believe unceasingly in God’s Love for us)
God loves us, all of us, no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize that His Mercy is greater than our sins so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His Mercy, and let it flow through us to others.
“Divine Mercy” is the form God’s love takes when it flows from the Trinity to us.
“Jesus Christ is the Face of the Father’s Mercy”, Pope Francis explains in the Face of Mercy.
“Mercy is Love’s second Name”, St John Paul II explained in Rich in Mercy.
Jesus gave messages to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska through a series of revelations in the 1930s which are compiled into a Diary, giving us a deeper revelation of the Heart of God. Both St Faustina and St. John Paull II came from Poland which suffered grave persecution in the 20th century. Some quotes from the Diary:
“I don’t want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart” (1588)
“The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My Mercy” (723)
What is the Devotion of Divine Mercy? [ii]
The acronym F.I.N.C.H. summarizes the Devotion of Divine Mercy
Feast – Divine Mercy Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter graces: “The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment” (699)
Image – To venerate Jesus as depicted in the Image given to St. Faustina especially on Divine Mercy Sunday (341)
Novena – Pray the 9 day Novena starting on Good Friday and ending on Easter Saturday
Chaplet – The Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed on Rosary Beads “Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to pray this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite Mercy” (687)
Hour – Pray during the 3:00 PM hour of Mercy, especially the Stations of the Cross to recall His sacrifice of Love
Divine Mercy Program Objectives:
Spread the Divine Mercy Devotion throughout the Church and in the Community
The State Program objective is to fill the Chalice of Jesus’ Mercy with a million recitations of the Divine Mercy Chaplets throughout the Calendar Year
Divine Mercy Program Structure:
We invite all Brother Knights, families, and friends to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet to end the scourge of abortion and the killing of those most vulnerable under the guise of euthanasia.
The Divine Mercy Program is a participation program that can be completed by:
- Large Scale Event
This program is structured so that Brother Knights who are not able to join in council events can still participate with their council by praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet on their own or with their families.
Participation is simply tracked by registering on the State Divine Mercy Program Website:
First Sunday Divine Mercy Chaplet:
We recommend councils approach the Pastor to obtain his permission to organize a Divine Mercy Prayer Event on the First Sunday of each month following Sunday Mass. (Especially Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3, 2015)
Honoring the Divine Mercy Image:
With the Pastor’s permission, unite to acquire a Divine Mercy Image for the Church if none exists
Organize 4th Degree honour guard for a Divine Mercy Prayer Event
Invite the faithful to venerate Jesus in the Divine Mercy Image
“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” (48)
Divine Mercy Program Promotional Video:
Please view and share the following 2 minute Divine Mercy Program promotional video
Divine Mercy Program Award:
The Program event participation counts towards the Columbian Award Church Category.
The Program Divine Mercy Icon Award will be presented to the council with the most attributed participation throughout the Calendar Year.
Divine Mercy Prayer Video:
The YouTube video below is free and available and being used by people all over the world to pray to the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
Divine Mercy Chaplet YouTube version featuring quotes from the Diary of St. Faustina
The link below provides a location to purchase your own version for download; only 10 dollars with the KnightsDMP promo code; also available are excellent free bonus resources to learn more about the Divine Mercy.
Learn more about Divine Mercy:
www.Shopmercy.org Divine Mercy 101 Fr. Chris Alar, Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.[i] Summarized from “The Message of Divine Mercy, As easy as ABC” pamphlet 2015 Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.
[ii] Summarized from “Devotion To The Divine Mercy, Just remember F.I.N.C.H.” pamphlet 2015 Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.