The Divine Mercy Novena

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 that do not believe in the Divine Mercy of our Lord
and saviour, Jesus Christ.

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.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy may also be offered each day
for the day's intention, but is not strictly necessary to the
Novena.

The message of mercy is that 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 too
theirs. Thus, all will come to share His joy.
Diary, Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy in My Soul (c) 1987 Congregation of
Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Stockbridge, MA 01263. All rights reserved.
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