O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in you. /singing/
Lord Jesus, we stand by you in the hour of your dying and we cry with Sister Faustina: O merciful Jesus, stretched on the cross, be mindful of the hour of our death. O most merciful Heart of Jesus, opened with a lance, shelter me at the last moment of my life. O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of unfathomable mercy for me at the hour of my death, O dying Jesus, Hostage of mercy, avert the Divine wrath at the hour of my death. (Diary, nr. 813)
Experiencing the third month of our preparation for the 20th anniversary of Entrustment of the world to the Divine Mercy, we recall the event that took place in this temple. Today we want to reflect on the next words of the Papal Act: “… and you poured it out on us in the Holy Spirit, Comforter…”. Then John Paul II said: “But the hour is coming, and now is, when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him” (Jn 4:23). When we read these words of the Lord Jesus here in the Shrine of Divine Mercy, we are particularly aware that no one can come here except in Spirit and truth. It is the Holy Spirit, the Comforter and the Spirit of Truth, who guides us along the ways of Divine Mercy.
By convincing the world “concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (Jn 16:8), he also makes known the fullness of salvation in Christ. This “convincing” concerning sin is doubly related to the Cross of Christ. On the one hand, the Holy Spirit enables us, through Christ’s Cross, to acknowledge sin, every sin, in the full dimension of evil which it contains and inwardly conceals. On the other hand, the Holy Spirit permits us, again through the Christ’s Cross, to see sin in the light of the mysterium pietatis, that is, of the merciful and forgiving love of God (cf. Dominum et vivificantem, 32).”
Misericordias Domini in aeternum cantabo /singing/
Sister Faustina wrote in the “Diary”: “The following afternoon, when I entered the ward, I saw someone dying, and learned that the agony had started during the night. When I verified it-it had been at the time when I had been asked for prayer. And just then, I heard a voice in my soul: Say the chaplet which I taught you. I ran to fetch my rosary and knelt down by the dying person and, with all the ardor of my soul, I began to say the chaplet. Suddenly the dying person opened her eyes and looked at me; I had not managed to finish the entire chaplet when she died, with extraordinary peace. I fervently asked the Lord to fulfill the promise He had given me for the recitation of the chaplet. The Lord gave me to know that the soul had been granted the grace He had promised me. That was the first soul to receive the benefit of the Lord’s promise.
I could feel the power of mercy envelop that soul.” (Diary, nr. 810)
In this month of November, when we are praying for our dead, we now wish to implore the necessary graces for the Holy Father Francis and all the pastors of the Church with the words of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. We surround with prayer those who connect with us spiritually in Poland and in the world: Sanctuaries of Divine Mercy on all continents – let’s mention a few more places today: the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Guayaquil in Ecuador, the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Barbados, the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Ruqust in Papua New Guinea, the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Slavkovice in the Czech Republic, the Polish National Shrine on Kahlenberg in Vienna, the newly established Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Minsk in Belarus, the Polish Parish of the Diocese of Den Bosch and the Polish Parish of the Holy Spirit in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, the parish of St. John Paul II in Albacete, the Chapel of Divine Mercy in Thu Duc Saigon in Vietnam, the Prayer Group at the Cathedral of Our Lady, Queen of the World in Montreal, the Oruro Diocese in Bolivia and all the parishes of Divine Mercy, communities and groups of devotees of Divine Mercy, all who pray the Chaplet, children and youth, families, religious communities, pilgrims who come here, sick, suffering, lonely and also participating people in this prayer thanks to the broadcast of radio and television stations and social media. We are asking for blessed fruits of preparation for the 20th anniversary of the Entrustment of the world to the Divine Mercy.
Chaplet of Divine Mercy
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, 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.
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 Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sits 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 Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
On the five large beads (once):
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 andthose of the whole world.
On the small beads (10 times)
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, * have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Prayer of the Chaplet in several languages
Conclude with (3 times)
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, * have mercy on us and on the whole world.
On August 17, 2002, John Paul II said: Today, therefore, in this Shrine, I wish solemnly to entrust the world to Divine Mercy. I do so with the burning desire that the message of God’s merciful love, proclaimed here through Saint Faustina, may be made known to all the peoples of the earth and fill their hearts with hope. May this message radiate from this place to our beloved homeland and throughout the world.
So let us now recite together the papal Act of Entrustment:
Act of Consecration of the world to the Divine Mercy
God, merciful Father,
in your Son, Jesus Christ,
you have revealed your love
and poured it out upon us by
the Holy Spirit, the Comforter,
We entrust to you today the
destiny of the world and of every man and woman.
Bend down to us sinners,
heal our weakness,
conquer all evil,
and grant that all the peoples of the earth
may experience your mercy.
In You, the Triune God,
may they ever find the
source of hope.
by the Passion and Resurrection
of your Son,
have mercy on us and upon
the whole world!
“I firmly believe that this new church will always be a place where people will come before God in Spirit and truth. They will come with the trust which accompanies all those who humbly open their hearts to the working of God’s merciful love, to that love which is stronger than even the greatest sin. Here, in the fire of divine love, human hearts will burn with desire for conversion, and whoever looks for hope will find comfort.”
Let these words of St. John Paul II, delivered on the day of the Dedication of the Basilica of Divine Mercy, strengthen us every day on the way to holiness
The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.
On all paths of Mercy, may Almighty God protect you, strengthen you and guide you: the Father + and the Son + and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Jesus, I trust in You… / singing in different languages/
Saint John Paul II, Homily for the Dedication of the shrine of Divine Mercy, Kraków-Łagiewniki, August 17th, 2002, nr 4