Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Feast of Divine Mercy

Humanity's reaction to the actual Presence of God is often one of shocked fear. God's Presence is so far above our own, we hear ourselves say, with Saint Peter,
Leave me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!
~Luke 5:8
But, in this Feast, Jesus calls us to Himself to let the ocean of His Mercy wash us clean and heal us. No matter what our past or present, no matter how lost we are, Jesus is always there to welcome us back.
Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
~Isaiah 1:16
Meditate on the image of Divine Mercy. Jesus is walking towards us. We see one foot in front of the other. Jesus is coming through a doorway. This hearkens back to His message to us from scripture:
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
~Revelation 3:20
Do you, perhaps, have some Rosary beads somewhere and you are not comfortable praying them in the traditional way? Or, have you found yourself attracted to rosary beads when you see them, and don't know why? The Divine Mercy Chaplet can be prayed on regular rosary beads and is very quick and easy to pray.

On the large beads say:
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.

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

Concluding prayer: (3 times)
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Interesting enough, this final prayer (above) is one of the most ancient of Christian prayers called the Trisagion, which is still said today in the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Divine Liturgies. Trisagion means "thrice holy". Ancient Middle Eastern languages did not have the ability to use superlatives, and therefore, could not describe God as being the "holiest". The "Thrice-holy" prayer that resulted is still said today, and is an excellent prayer to say slowly and to meditate on.


Innocent said...

Happy Divine Mercy Sunday, Lady 4HisChurch.

And don't forget to pray for tomorrow's Birthday Boy!

Yours in Chirst,

Staying in Balance said...

Oh, happy birthday, Innocent! Thanks!

Innocent said...

I see I should have been clearer in my writing. I'm not the Birthday Boy, HE is !

With love and prayers,

Staying in Balance said...

Ah! Sorry! :)

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