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Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet
with Father Higgins






Divine Mercy Service

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Divine Mercy Chaplet

We begin our Divine Mercy Devotion this afternoon on the Feast of Divine Mercy; I invite you to join me in singing from the Worship II Hymnal, Hymn Number 275, "There's A Wideness in God's Mercy"

From the First Epistle of Blessed John, the Apostle [1 John 5: 4-10]

Dearly beloved: Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory, which overcometh the world, our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is He that came by water and blood, Jesus Christ: not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit which testifieth that Christ is the truth. And there are three who give testimony in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that give testimony on earth: the Spirit and the water and the blood: and these three are one. If we receive the testimony of men the testimony of God is greater: for this is the testimony of God, which is greater, because He hath testified of His Son. He that believeth in the Son of God hath the testimony of God in himself. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

As we prepare for the Hour of Mercy, we read from Saint Faustina's Diary an explanation of the image of the Merciful Jesus. This passage was revealed in a vision Sister Faustina had on February 22nd, 1931 in her convent cell at Plock [Poland].

In the evening when I was in my cell, she reported in the Diary, I saw the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand was raised in the gesture of a blessing. The other was touching the garment at the breast. From beneath the garment slightly drawn aside and at the breast, there were emanating two large rays, one red and the other pale.

After a while, Jesus said to me "paint an image according to the pattern you see with the signature, Jesus I trust in you. I want this image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter; that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy.


For this reason the content of this image is closely related to the liturgy of that Sunday. On this day the Church reads the Gospel according to Saint John about the risen Christ appearing in the Upper Room and about the institution of the Sacrament of Penance. Consequently, this image represents the Saviour risen from the dead who brings peace to people by means of the forgiveness of sins by Christ, His Passion, and death on the Cross.

The rays of blood and water that flow from the heart that was pierced by a spear on this fine image and the scars caused by the wounds of crucifixion call to mind the events of Good Friday. The image of the Merciful Saviour therefore combines the two Gospel events so that we may speak of the fullness of God's love for mankind.

The two rays are a distinctive feature of this image of Christ. The Lord Jesus when asked about the meaning explained: the pale ray stands for the water, which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the blood, which is the life of souls. Happy is the one who is loved in its shelter.

The sacraments of baptism and penance purify the soul and the Eucharist most abundantly nourishes it. Thus the two rays signify the Holy Sacraments and all the graces of the Holy Spirit, whose biblical symbol is water, as well as the New Covenant of God with men in the blood of Christ.

The image of the Merciful Jesus is often called the image of the Divine Mercy which is appropriate since it is precisely in Christ's Paschal Mystery that God's love for mankind is most explictly revealed.

The image not only represents the Divine Mercy, but also serves as a sign that it is to recall the Christian obligation to trust in God and to have an active love toward our neighbor. For Christ's loving image bears a signature comprised of these words: Jesus I trust in Thee.

This image, Jesus also made clear, is to remember the demands of my Mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works. To the veneration of the image understood in this way belie a Christian attitude to trust in His Mercy. Our Lord attached Special Promises, namely of Eternal Salvation, of great progress in the way of Christian perfection, the grace of a happy death and of all the possible graces which people would ask of Him with trust.

By means of this image, I should be granting many graces to souls; so that every soul has access to it.

[few moments of silent prayers and meditation]


The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy

+ In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, Amen +

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!

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth
from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of
Mercy for us, I trust in You!

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth
from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of
Mercy for us, I trust in You!

Our Father

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
hallowed be Thy name: Thy kingdom come:
Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread:
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation:
but deliver us from evil. Amen

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the
fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Apostle's Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ,
His only Son, Our Lord, Who was conceived by the
power of the Holy Ghost, born of the
Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified; died, and was buried. He descended
into Hell; on the third day He arose again; He
ascended into Heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to
judge the living and the dead. I believe in the
Holy Ghost, the holy Catholic Church, the communion
of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection
of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.



Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood,
Soul and Divinity, of Thy 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,
have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood,
Soul and Divinity, of Thy 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,
have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood,
Soul and Divinity, of Thy 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,
have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood,
Soul and Divinity, of Thy 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,
have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood,
Soul and Divinity, of Thy 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,
have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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


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


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. Amen

+ In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen +

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Mary Immaculate of Lourdes is Newton and Needham Massachusetts's oldest Roman Catholic Parish. Founded as Saint Mary's Parish in 1870 it was renamed "Mary Immaculate of Lourdes" when the new Church was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1910. In addition to being a regular territorial parish of the Archdiocese of Boston it is also a "Mission Parish" since 2007 with a special apostolate for the Traditional Latin Mass (1962 Missal).

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