LVG members are encouraged to unite with the universal church in prayer of the Divine Mercy Novena which begins today (Good Friday) and ends on Divine Mercy Sunday (4/27). Receive the prayers via email daily be registering here or join our online prayer event here where the prayers will be posted and all are encouraged to post when they’ve completed praying daily .
Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. A novena ia a nine-day period of private or public prayer to obtain special graces, to implore special favors, or make special petitions (novena is derived from the Latin novem, meaning nine). 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 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.
What are the origins of novenas? In the New Testament at the Ascension scene, our Lord gives the Apostles the Great Commission, and then tells them to return to Jerusalem and to await the coming of the Holy Spirit. Acts of the Apostles recounts, “After that they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet near Jerusalem—a mere Sabbath’s journey away. Together they devoted themselves to constant prayer” (Acts 1:12,14). Nine days later, the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles at Pentecost. Perhaps, this “nine-day period of prayer” of the Apostles is the basis for the novena. Read more here.