Every day at 3pm Eastern Standard Time, the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy from the Washington D.C. community lead the prayer at the Hour of Mercy which is livestreamed from the St John Paul II National Shrine. A short meditation on God’s Mercy revealed in His Passion followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is streamed online on the Shrine’s YouTube channel:
The prayer is available on these platforms even after the live transmission, so that people all over the world can join the sisters at their 3:00pm.
Both the Chaplet and the Prayer at the Hour of Mercy are essential to the Divine Mercy devotion given to us by Jesus himself through St. Faustina. Regarding the prayer at 3:00pm Jesus said: “In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes request of Me in virtue of My Passion” (Diary 1320); another time He added: “In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking” (Diary 1572).
Due to the persistent epidemic threat, the traditional cycling pilgrimage from Ożarów Mazowiecki to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki planned for this July has been canceled. Nevertheless, the organizers of the pilgrimage, the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Ożarów, would like to encourage you to undertake making this pilgrimage individually. The route goes through Tarczyn, Grojec, Opoczno, Olkusz, and Czerna to Łagiewniki. Find out more at: http://www.pdmb.waw.pl/program-trasy.html.
On July 12, the 10th International Walking Pilgrimage will set off from Hidasnemeti (Hungary) across Slovakia to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. During the nine days, the pilgrims will make their way along a 275 km route through Kosice, Radatice, Pečowská Nová Ves, Plavnica, Piwniczna Zdrój, Gostwica, Tymbark and Brzączowice. The pilgrimage will reach Krakow on July 20 and will visit the Shrine of John Paul II to proceed to the Shrine of Divine Mercy at around 1 pm About 2 pm, Mass is scheduled. At 3 pm, prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited in the chapel of the convent before the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina.
On July 16th, the 18th Greater Poland Walking Pilgrimage will set off from Częstochowa to the capital of Divine Mercy worship in Krakow-Łagiewniki. This year’s “From Mercy to Mercy” Pilgrimage will be themed as “The great mystery of faith”. The organizer of the pilgrimage is the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Ostrów Wielkopolski. This year, due to the pandemic, fewer priests and pilgrims will participate in the event. The pilgrims will arrive in Łagiewniki on July 21st. Listeners of Radio Rodzina of the Diocese of Kalisz will also participate in this endeavor spiritually.
July 16 is the 154th anniversary of the death of Mother Thérèse Rondeau, the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in France (Laval), and co-founder of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland. She was born on October 6, 1793 in Laval, France. She was christened Theresa Agatha. Under the influence of her confessor, Fr. J. Chanon, S.J., Theresa undertook working with penitent women, that is to say women in need of deep moral renewal and willing to change their lives. In order to prepare better for this work, in 1818 she moved to Bordeaux, where Mother Teresa de Lamourous ran a house for penitent women, which was called “Mercy”. After a two-month stay, Theresa Rondeau made private vows and returned to Laval to become the foundress of a new work, independent from Bordeaux, and in time this became the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in France. Mother Teresa Potocka, née Ewa Sułkowska, who later became the foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland, adopted the spirituality of the French Congregation and their way of conducting apostolic work. Mother Teresa Rondeau died on 16 July 1866 and was buried within the grounds of the Congregation in Laval; her tomb is in a garden belonging to the convent. Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland has named a co-founder. The spiritual co-founder of the Congregation is St. Faustina Kowalska.
With over 500,000 views, the song performed by Sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki was recorded as part of the #Hot16Challenge2. The aim of this action is to support the health system, but also, and above all, to bring the spiritual message of Divine Mercy closer to people. And the latter is happening, as evidenced by the voices of people calling and writing to the Łagiewniki convent, commenting online, and calling radio and television stations. An Italian version was also made. One of the many commenters says: Even though I am boycotting the rightness and truthfulness of religion (not the existence of God), I teared up listening to this, because you can see that these women really believe in what they do and in the omnipresent mercy in the world, which you simply have to want to see.I would so much want to be wrong in many of my beliefs, and such people are rebuilding my faith in something I have no idea about, something that I have tried to reject all my life. This is a miracle (Kongos).
People from many countries of the world participating in the work of the Perpetual Chaplet of Divine Mercy are praying not only in their own intentions, but also asking for “mercy on us and the whole world”. A detailed intention for July is prayer: Coverage of costs: servers and fiber optic cables, streaming carried out by Livestream Vimeo, and ongoing maintenance of equipment needed for broadcasting.
The work of Perpetual Chaplet is a response to the request of Jesus to constantly implore for mercy “for us and the whole world”. The work has been operated by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at: www.faustyna.pl since 2011. Anyone can participate in it by filling out a short form and declare to say the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, which Jesus dictated to St. Faustina—at least once.
During evening devotions in all the chapels of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, the Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus is sung or recited in July. Reflection on the words of this litany can help us better understand the price of God’s Mercy that we experience every day in salvation and sanctification. At the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, evening devotions are celebrated on weekdays at 7:00 pm (except Thursdays). You can also participate in the services online, thanks to the live video srteaming at faustyna.pl.
During the summer, the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy go on holidays too. Usually, they spend these days visiting their families or other convents of the Congregation. The younger sisters are happy to organize their stay at the retreat house of the Congregation in Zakopane’s Krzeptówki and Rabka, because they can also stay with members of their families there. What is more, they can make hiking trips from there. We would like to wish you all to make your holiday a time of restoration of your spiritual and physical strength.
The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy would like to express gratitude to all those who support the www.faustyna.pl website, which is available in 7 languages, as well as all the apostolic works, which are on the run, especially the “Chaplet for the dying” and on-line transmission of the Shrine of Divine Mercy. Thanks to the apostolic work, commitment and financial support of many people through this work we carry the gift of the message of mercy to the world and provide specific assistance to people who are in the direst need. For this support, we respond with prayer, which we direct to Divine Mercy through the intercession of St. Faustina in the intentions of all Benefactors and Donors.
Recent months have seen further progress in the development of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Plock. Zakończono zadaszenie wieży i montaż stolarki zewnętrznej. Początek roku to również wykonanie połączenia dachów istniejących kamienic z kościołem. Obecnie na budowie trwają prace związane z elewacją kościoła i domu pielgrzyma. Ponadto rozpoczęto prace związane z wykonaniem instalacji elektrycznych i sanitarnych. Zamknięcie budynków stolarką, dachem i wykonanie kompletnych elewacji wraz z kolorystyką to główny cel prac do końca 2020 roku. It is also planned to start works related to land development, of course, as far as the finances allow it.
The Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Plock is being erected by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy thanks to the donations made for this purpose by devotees of Divine Mercy and people of good will. Sisters thank you for every gift of heart that makes the place of the first revelation of Merciful Jesus to St. Faustina. Thanks to these gifts, the church is growing and therefore the sisters would like to ask for further support. Holy Mass is celebrated on the 22nd day of each month and the Sisters pray daily together with the faithful at the Hour of Mercy and with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the intention of everyone who support the construction of the Shrine spiritually and physically.
Donations for the expansion of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock can be deposited into the account:
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This is the motto of the action for praying the rosary initiated by the Shrine of Divine Providence in Warsaw. Saints and blessed whose relics are already present in that Shrine are helping in the contemplation of the various mysteries of the Rosary. Sister Faustina of the Blessed Sacrament is also among them, accompanying the mystery of the institution of the Eucharist. To join the prayer, download your free resources and fill the application form at www.centrumopatrznosci.pl/rozaniec/ or call + 48 25 753 37 41 Mondays to Fridays between 9am and 5pm. It is the world’s only rosary which connects you with Mary and the Church community, opens you to God and to other human beings, and strengthening those praying and their families spiritually.
On June 7, which is the 23rd anniversary of John Paul II’s first papal pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, an exhibition, John Paul II—the Pope of Mercy will be available in the lower part of the basilica. It comprises photos (some never published before), and texts documenting the most important events in the life of St. John Paul II related to the proclamation of the message of Mercy to the world and those associated with Sister Faustina. The exhibition was prepared by Fr. Zbigniew Bielas, Sr. Elżbieta Siepak, O.L.M., and Małgorzata Pabis. The graphic design was developed by Piotr Jantos, and the organizers are the Rectorate of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, and the John Paul II Krakow Airport.
The Lord Jesus, in the devotion to Divine Mercy, gives us a special time of grace at three o’clock in the afternoon. It is the moment of His dying on the cross, of which he said to Sister Faustina: “This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. … In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion…” (Diary, 1320). In order to take advantage of these promises of Jesus, one must pray with confidence and add deeds of mercy towards others to the trustful prayer. Jesus proposes three ways of experiencing the prayer at the Hour of Mercy: celebrating the Way of the Cross, visiting the Blessed Sacrament, and if it is impossible, connecting with Him, dying on the cross, wherever 3 pm finds us. In this prayer, we turn directly to Jesus, and in our pleading, we appeal to the merits of His painful Passion. It is a privileged time in the Divine Mercy devotion, which is why the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy are practiced every day in all convents of the Congregation. You can join in this prayer through an on-line transmission from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki at faustyna.pl and via the Faustyna.pl application.
TVP3 a nationwide satellite broadcast daily prayer of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy from the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Kraków-Łagiewniki. The Shrine is where 83 years ago (in October 1937) Jesus revealed this form of Divine Mercy veneration in which we focus on the hour of His agony on the Cross. After a short prayer at the Hour of Mercy, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited in several languages, since the broadcast at www.faustyna.pl, the Faustyna.pl YouTube channel, and the Faustyna.pl application connect Divine Mercy venerators from all over the world. Also listeners of several Catholic radio stations participate in this prayerful practice.
Pope Francis, taking into account the impact of the spirituality and mission of St. Faustina Kowalska on the life of the whole Church, the inspiration for the Apostolic Movement of Divine Mercy, which grew out of her charism and mystical experience for the proclamation and intercession for God’s mercy for the world, in addition to taking into account the petitions and requests from priests, nuns and religious and associations of the faithful, ordered that the Saint’s name be entered in the General Roman Calendar, and her voluntary feast will celebrated the 5th of October. The decree was announced on May 18, 2020, the hundredth anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. John Paul II established the Feast of Mercy in the Church, making a gift for the world of the message of Mercy as recorded in the Diary for the third millennium of faith.
The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy from the Krakow-Łagiewniki Shrine have joined the Adopt a Medical Professional campaign. The action involves including doctors, nurses, medical technicians, paramedics, all health professionals who are on the front lines of the coronavirus epidemic in our prayers. Although we do not know the people we surround with spiritual support by name, God knows who needs this gift of mercy most. We invite you to make such a Lenten resolution, thanks to which you will become richer before God with every act of mercy you do, and the medical professionals will receive spiritual support.
Pray as much as you can for the dying, pray that they may put their trust in My mercy, for they are the ones most in need of trustfulness, but have it least of all (Diary 1777). These words that Jesus said to St. Faustina also refer to us because we can also save someone for eternity by saying with confidence the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for that person’s intention.
On the website: www.faustyna.pl in English, there is a form available for the exclusive use of submitting names of people who are actually dying. Other intentions should be sent using another form on our website: www.faustyna.pl In this form to submit names of the dying, write only the name of the person, without any additional words. Then, open your e-mail and confirm your submission by clicking the proper link in the e-mail. The name of the dying person is sent to three (3) people who support the dying by praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the decision not to celebrate Masses with the participation of the faithful, the National Shrine of St. John Paul II in Washington DC broadcasts daily Masses and daily prayer at the Hour of Mercy on it’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFTeh0aaqAA3-nAYAI7K6zA and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JP2Shrine/ On Mondays, this prayer is led by a priest from the Shrine, and on other days, this prayer is led by the sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy who have their ministry at the Shrine. In trustful prayer, we beg for all the graces needed for aching humanity during this time of trial.
After several years of work at the publishing enterprise of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, Misericordia, and www.faustyna.pl/en are publishing the Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska in UK English. This translation of the Diary from Polish into British English was made by Teresa Bałuk-Ulewiczowa, born in the UK, speaker of Polish and English, first a graduate of London University and a doctoral student at the Jagiellonian University, and then a researcher and teacher at the university lecturing the art of translation) in collaboration with Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The work on the translation took several years. The translator admitted that the work on the Diary was perhaps the toughest challenge she had to face in her professional life. In the opinion of those who have already had the opportunity to read this rendering of the Diary, it is a unique translation, amazing in its fidelity and devotion to the subtleties connected with the mystical life of the Apostle of Divine Mercy.
The translation of the Diary into English will serve as a basis for translation into other foreign languages in the absence of translators with the appropriate mastery of Polish. The translation is released before the Feast of Mercy and the 20th anniversary of the canonization of the Apostle of Divine Mercy.
Patron Saints for 2020 – the Draw. Every year on January 1st, in the convents of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, a drawing of annual patron Saints takes place. The Diary tells us how important this was for St. Faustina. Her desire was to be accompanied and supported by Someone from Heaven on all her days of the new year. In the morning during meditation, she wrote, there arose within me a secret desire that the Eucharistic Jesus be my special Patron for this year also, as in the past. But, hiding this desire from my Beloved, I spoke to Him about everything else but that. When we came to refectory for breakfast, we blessed ourselves and began drawing our patrons. When I approached the holy cards on which the names of the patrons were written, without hesitation I took one, but I didn’t read the name immediately as I wanted to mortify myself for a few minutes. Suddenly, I heard a voice in my soul: “I am your patron”. Read. I looked at once at the inscription and read, “Patron for the Year 1935-the Most Blessed Eucharist.” My heart leapt with joy (Diary, 360).
With a patron Saint, each sister receives a prayerful intention and a message. Those involved in the draw also include priests, cooperators, members and volunteers of the “Faustinum” association, friends and members of the group “Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia” on Facebook. From January 1, 20017, also visitors at Faustina.pl can participate in the draw.
May the Patron Saints aid us, may they help us more and more fully; participate in the life and mission of Jesus; revealing the merciful love of God to the world!
The Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and apostles of Divine Mercy following in the footsteps of St. Faustina and those participating in her mission of proclaiming the message of Mercy to the world by testimony of life, deed, word and prayer, will celebrate and commemorate a few important anniversaries in 2020:
February 22 – 10 years of broadcasting the prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki by radio stations and online at www.faustyna.pl .
April 26-28 – 85th anniversary of the first presentation of the Divine Mercy image at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy in Ostra Brama for public veneration.
April 30th – 20th anniversary of the canonization of the Apostle of Divine Mercy – St. Faustina.
April 30th – 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Plock, where the prophetic mission of St. Faustina began.
May 17th – 25th anniversary of the ministry of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Cuba.
August 1st – 95th anniversary of the entrance of Helena Kowalska – St. Faustina – to the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.
August 25th and 27th – 115th anniversary of the birth and baptism of St. Faustina.
August 25th – 25th anniversary of the recognition of St. Faustina as the spiritual co-founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.
September 13-14 – 85th anniversary of the revelation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Vilnius Antakalnis.
September 15th – 15th anniversary of the ministry of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Nižny Hrušov, Slovakia.
December 23 – 85th anniversary of the ministry of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdansk.
Due to the large number of people accessing the online broadcasts from the Shrine of Divine Mercy, the fee for Full HD video streaming from our provider has increased multiple times. The broadcast is available at www.faustyna.pl and via the Faustyna.pl application. We would like to continue making the video streaming available to everyone, therefore we kindly ask you for financial support, as the continuation of the broadcasting depends on this. Donations for this purpose can be paid on the following account:
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On every Thursday at 5 pm, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a Divine Mercy Holy Mass is celebrated for the intercession of St. Faustina in the intention of requests and thanks to the faithful offered in the chapel with the image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of the Apostle of Divine Mercy. You can add an intention right before the Mass and those who cannot physically be present at it can join us in prayer thanks to the online broadcast at www.faustyna.pl.
Every Thursday, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a group of people named Kustodia, meet to pray at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina, in the intention of priests. They are accompanied by Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. From 8 to 9.30 pm, during the prayer of adoration and as the rosary is recited together, they obtain God’s graces for the stewards of God’s Mercy, so that the priests be faithful to their vocation and lead the people entrusted to their pastoral care on the ways of God. Everyone, also those who connect to the Łagiewniki Shrine online at www.faustyna.pl and www.sanktuarium.faustyna.pl, is invited to join in this prayer.
The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy would like to warn everyone againts buying counterfeit relics of St. Faustina which have appeared online, e.g. on Ebay. The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy is the sole custodian of the relics of St. Faustina. Relics of the first and second degree are donated to parish churches or chapels which proclaim the message of God’s Mercy and practice the devotion to the Divine Mercy. Relics of the third degree (the canvas on which the bones of St. Faustina used to be deposited) are available in laminated pictures, medallions and rosaries are designed for the faithful who practice individual devotion.