Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Divine Mercy

I am not sure how many Anglo-Catholic parishes observe it, but this Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. I realize it is too late to begin a novena, but it is never too late to pray The Divine Mercy Chaplet. In case you are not familiar with it, I offer you the following guide.

(Pray on a standard, 5 decade set of Rosary beads.)

1. Make the Sign of the Cross.

2. Say the Opening Prayer.

3. Say the "Our Father."

4. Say the "Hail Mary."

5. Say the Apostles' Creed.

6. Say the "Eternal Father."

7. Say 10 "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion" on the "Hail Mary" beads

8. Repeat for four more decades, saying "Eternal Father" on the "Our Father" bead and then 10 "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion" on the following "Hail Mary" beads.

9. At the conclusion of the five decades, on the medallion say the "Holy God," the concluding doxology, three times.

10. Say the Closing Prayer.

Opening Prayer: You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in you! (three times)

Eternal Father: Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Holy God: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Closing Prayer: Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless, and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us, and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments, we might not despair, nor become despondent, but with great confidence, submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy Itself.

Pax et bonum.