Today is Good Friday which is also the day to begin the Divine Mercy Novena. If you aren’t familiar with this particular one, I highly recommend delving into it. I shared about my experience attending a presentation about Divine Mercy a few years ago.
There are several channels for receiving His Grace through His Divine Mercy: Image of The Divine Mercy, the Feast of Mercy (Divine Mercy Sunday), the Chaplet, the Novena to The Divine Mercy, and prayer at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, the Hour of Great Mercy.
Why add 10 minutes or so of prayer to your day from Good Friday until Divine Mercy Sunday (one week after Easter)?
I find that it helps to prepare my heart even more. And praying for God’s Mercy through Christ is never a bad thing. Seeing recent terrorist attacks on the news like those in Brussels tells me that the world NEEDS Divine Mercy. We need the love of Christ in our lives, too.
Along with the novena, I plan to embrace all the requirements for the indulgence this year (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion at Mass either on Saturday or Sunday that weekend, prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff, and take part in the prayers and devotions held in honour of Divine Mercy.
What I’d love to do soon, is order an Image of Divine Mercy for my home. Our parish has a gorgeous painting hanging in the Nave year round. Right after daily Mass during the week, a group of attendees takes time to say the Divine Mercy Chaplet. When I have joined them, it is nice to have the image for focusing upon.
Did you know there are actually a few different approved images? You can order any of them from Divine Mercy Pictures. (Note that during this Jubilee Year of Mercy they are discounting those images by 50%.)
Are you planning to say the Divine Mercy Novena this year?
Does your parish have a time for group prayer on Divine Mercy Sunday?
This post is linked up to 40 Days of Seeking Him Lent 2016 Holy Week. You can find a variety of posts from other Christian bloggers on the theme of Lent and Easter there.