In preparation for Divine Mercy Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter, please take a few minutes today to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy – Novena, Day 1.
First Day of the Novena
“Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy.” -as dictated by Our Lord to Saint Faustina
Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.
The Angel, by Carl Timoleon von Neff, 19th Century
A Prayer for Mercy
Almighty and everlasting God,
you do not will that a single sinner should perish,
and so you gave the world your Son Jesus,
who is Mercy Itself.
Make me a mirror of Divine Mercy.
Through prayer, the Sacraments,
and works of charity,
grant me the grace to seek your forgiveness,
even as I forgive others.
Inspire me to offer my sufferings in union
with the Passion of Jesus,
and thereby share in the redemption of the world.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with You,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
for ever and ever.
Composed by: The Reverend Bernard J. Ezaki, M.Div., M.A. Nihil Obstat: Reverend Monsignor James J. Mulligan, S.T.L., Censor Librorum Imprimatur: Most Reverend John O. Barres, D.D.
God, heavenly Father, look upon me and hear my prayer during this holy Season of Lent. By the good works You inspire, help me to discipline my body and to be renewed in spirit.
Without You I can do nothing. By Your Spirit help me to know what is right and to be eager in doing Your will. Teach me to find new life through penance. Keep me from sin, and help me live by Your commandment of love. God of love, bring me back to You. Send Your Spirit to make me strong in faith and active in good works. May my acts of penance bring me Your forgiveness, open my heart to Your love, and prepare me for the coming feast of the Resurrection of Jesus.
Lord, during this Lenten Season, nourish me with Your Word of life and make me one with You in love and prayer.
Fill my heart with Your love and keep me faithful to the Gospel of Christ. Give me the grace to rise above my human weakness. Give me new life by Your Sacraments, especially the Mass.
Father, our source of life, I reach out with joy to grasp Your hand; let me walk more readily in Your ways. Guide me in Your gentle mercy, for left to myself I cannot do Your Will.
Father of love, source of all blessings, help me to pass from my old life of sin to the new life of grace. Prepare me for the glory of Your Kingdom. I ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever.