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On Sunday, April 18, the 5th National Bible Reading will take place, this time selected texts from the Gospel according to St. Mark. Ceremonial celebration led by Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, the metropolitan of Krakow, with the participation of invited teachers, will take place at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki at 7.00 a.m and will be broadcasted together with the Eucharist by TVP1 and on the website: www.faustyna.pl, You Tube and on mobile applications: faustyna.pl . Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, chairman of the EPP and Mateusz Morawiecki, president of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Poland took the patronage over the event.

April 18 is the 28th anniversary of the beatification of Sister Faustina. Therefore, it is an excellent opportunity to thank God for her life, her school of spirituality, her prophetic mission to remind the world of the biblical truth about God’s merciful love for man and to proclaim it with a new strength through the witness of life in a spirit of trust in God and mercy towards others, word and prayer. Today, there is no country left in the world without an image of Merciful Jesus painted according to the vision she had in Płock. The Feast of Mercy has been inscribed in the liturgical calendar of the universal Church, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, dictated by the Lord Jesus in Vilnius, is recited even in tribal languages ​​on tiny islands in the oceans, and prayer is increasingly practiced at the moment when Jesus died on the cross, called the Hour Mercy as more and more people join in spreading the message of Mercy, creating today a multi-million movement of the Apostles of Divine Mercy.

 

Since Mercy Sunday 2021, video broadcasting of the Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel has been available at the website of the Kraków-Łagiewniki Shrine of Divine Mercy Rectorate, www.milosierdzie.pl. For 24 hours a day, you can adore the Lord Jesus, worship and give thanks for His mercies, as well as ask graces for yourself, your loved ones and the world. Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Łagiewniki Shrine began on 3 April 2005. On this occasion, Pope John Paul II wrote, a few days before his death: I am glad that this Sunday perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will begin at the Shrine. There is nothing that makes the work of mercy accomplished through the Cross and the Resurrection present like the Eucharistic presence of the Lord. Let this presence be a source of strength and hope for all pilgrims.

The presentation of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Łagiewniki Shrine has been available by daily video broadcasting for many years now at www.saint-faustina.org

 

On April 18th, Sr. Zacheusza from the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will be sharing the message of Mercy recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina with the faithful at the parish of Mary Queen of Poland in Michałowice near Krakow. The church already has relics of St. Faustina and now the parishioners will be diving deep into her spiritual legacy.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first full edition of the Diary of Sister Faustina. The contents of the book reveal the richness and fascinating beauty of the mystery of God’s mercy, as shown by the author’s life and mystical experiences. A great prophetic mission was inscribed in her life, to remind the world of the biblical truth of God’s merciful love for every person and to proclaim it with a new power. It is therefore a unique work, and a “Gospel of mercy written in the perspective of the 20th century”, as the Holy Father John Paul II said of it. In the introduction to the Chinese edition of the Diary, Bishop John Tong Hon wrote that it is “the greatest gift of God offered to the world”.

The Diary has been translated into dozens of languages around the world, including almost all European and also non-European ones, such as Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Korean, Vietnamese, Maltese, Swahili, Tok pidgin, and several languages spoken in India (such as Malayalam, Konkani, Mizo, and Telugu). The book editions have had millions of copies, making it one of the most read books, because, as Jesus said, it was written for the consolation and comfort of souls.

The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy would like to thank all the donors who have supported the on-line broadcasting from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki at  www.faustyna.pl, on You Tube and in our mobile Faustyna.pl app for Android and iOS in the last three months. April is when we need to make another payment to Livestream, the service provider. During the time of the struggle against the pandemic, the number of people using this video livestreams from the capital of Divine Mercy veneration has grown, spiritually connecting many thousands of individuals from all over the world.

We recommend all the Donors in our daily prayers which we say in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image in Krakow-Łagiewniki at the tomb of St. Faustina. We wish you beautiful meetings with the risen Lord this upcoming Easter and Feast of Mercy. May He live in our hearts, and we will be happy forever!

In April in all the chapels of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, including the one of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, evening devotions in honor of Divine Mercy will take place, during which the Litany of Divine Mercy will be recited. The words of the litany were written down by St. Faustina in her Diary and her Vilnius confessor, Bl. Fr. Michael Sopocko, composed the prayer on this basis. Praying with her words, we not only praise God’s Mercy, but also get to know the mystery of God’s merciful Love more, which accompanies man in all the dimensions of his earthly life, accompanying him always and everywhere.

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 April is prayer for the end of the coronavirus pandemic, the necessary graces for the sick and those fighting the Covid-19 virus, as well as for the spiritual rebirth of mankind and its confident turn towards God’s Mercy.

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. Faustinaat least once.

The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and the Polish national television TVP are now making a series one-minute video clips with the message of Mercy from Jesus, as recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina. The message reveals the merciful love of God and urges us to respond to it with the attitude of trust in God, and doing His will, as well as  doing good for our neighbors by deed, word and prayer. This is why each episode will be a dialog between Jesus and St. Faustina. The screenplay was written by Sr. Elżbieta M. Siepak, O.L.M. The narrators are Adam Woronowicz and Aleksandra Posielężna. The music was written by Paweł Bębenek.

The first 10 episodes will be showed by TVP1, TVP3, and our website, www.faustyna.pl. Search for “spoty filmowe”.

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.saint-faustina.org is invited to join in this prayer.

TVP Wilno is a Polish television channel aimed at Poles living in Lithuania. The station is broadcasting the daily prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy from the Krakow-Łagiewniki Shrine. Thanks to this broadcast, the spiritual community gathered around the Shrine of Łagiewniki can be joined by people from Lithuania, to call for Divine Mercy for us and the whole world together.

Every day at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy gather at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina to pray the Rosary for families and married couples experiencing difficulties and crises. Also at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock, Holy Mass is celebrated on every 22nd day of a month at 5pm with this intention. To join this prayer in the Łagiewniki Shrine, also in the intention of your family or loved ones, you can access the live video broadcasting at www.saint-faustina.org.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the “Faustinum” Divine Mercy  Apostles Association, the  www.faustinum.pl website will share a special documentary titled „Conquered by Mercy”, which is a testimony of the formative and apostolic activities, as well as written accounts. The film will be available in several languages. The “Faustinum” Association is a community of people with more than 18,000 members and volunteers from almost 90 countries of the world that cooperates with the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy based in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. Its main objective is the formation of Divine Mercy apostles to proclaim the message recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina to the world.

Miłosierdzie Wcielone. Lectio divina z Siostrą Faustyną [Mercy Incarnate. Lectio divina with Sister Faustina] is the title of the long awaited book to be published on the 90th anniversary of the revelation of Jesus to Sister Faustina and the beginning of her prophetic mission. The publisher is Edycja św. Pawła, and the author is Fr. Krzysztof Wons, S.D.S., a highly regarded preacher. “Very aptly chosen and selected texts, in addition to the depth of the considerations present the participants with the extraordinary beauty and richness of God’s merciful love, most fully revealed in Mercy Incarnate and the Divine Mercy Apostle’s captivating, childlike trust in God and the goodness for people. The themes and chapters of the book do not form a dry, academic exegesis of the word of God topped with an analysis of the Diary, but a deeply personal experience of the presence and action of God’s word in the life of the Łagiewniki Mystic and the book’s author, who is so passionate for the word of God. Therefore, the considerations open up such spaces and dimensions of the merciful love of God, that you may find something in them for you, whether you choose to read the book with the simplicity of a child, or to treat it as a retreat.”

Świadkowie Miłosierdzia [Witnesses of Mercy] is the title of a book to be published by the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock, in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the revelation of Merciful Jesus. The book contains testimonies of priests, sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, and people from all walks of life who participated in the meetings at the Płock Shrine. All these people, regardless of the type of vocation and professional career, are brought together by Sister Faustina and her mission of proclaiming the message of God’s mercy to the modern world. Each witness shares how they are living the mystery of the merciful love of God in their life and how they participate in the mission of making it present in their living and working environment.

Every day, Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy lead the prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy from the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki. Decades of the rosary are prayed in foreign languages, because intercessors from many countries of the world participate in this prayer too. Broadcasts can be accessed at the websites of the Congregation, on You Tube, in the Faustyna.pl application, and through a dozen radio and television stations.This Polish national TVP-realized broadcast can be watched at www.faustyna.pl its in all language versions and our Faustyna.pl apps on Android and iOS devices, which have been recently updated to enable a better watching experience. By uniting in this prayer, we form a huge community which, together with Mary, accompanies Jesus at the moment of His agony on the cross and, for the gifts of His sorrowful passion, we cry out for the “mercy for us and for the whole world”.

Every day, the media are reporting about people dying because of Covid 19. Yet, people are passing away due to other reasons, too. In 2020, “The Chaplet for the Dying” prayer has supported more than 28,000 people whose names were sent to us by text message at + 48 505 060 205 or by e-mail. People from Poland, the United States, England, Germany, Ireland, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Portugal have been participating. They have declared their willingness to help the dying on a given day and in a given time zone by praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the intention of a person whose name they have received by e-mail. Our donors, doctors, nurses, hospital and hospice volunteers and all those who send in text messages with the names of the dying also participate in this work. The work is carried out by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy’s Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki at: www.faustyna.pl.

Misericordia has released the English version of the book which comprises considerations to 60 joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious mysteries of the rosary prayer. These considerations are aided by short statements from Jesus, Our Lady and St. Faustina as recorded in her Diary. Users of this content will become immersed in the spirituality of Mercy, where they will discover the merciful love of God to man, learn by the example of St. Faustina’s contemplation of Merciful Jesus in everyday life, her attitude of trust in Him which expresses itself in fulfilling His will, mercy towards others and love for the Church, the Eucharist and heartfelt devotion to Our Lady. The selection of quotations from the Diary was prepared by Sr. Elżbieta M. Siepak, O.L.M., and the graphic design by Wojciech Sobolewski. The book is available from the online shop of the publishing house of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy: www.misericordia.faustyna.pl.

In 2020, despite the pandemic we did not stop work the construction of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock. In the first months of last year, the tower was completed with the roofing and fitting of external woodworking. The roofs of existing houses have been joined to the newly built church. Also work on the facade of the church and the pilgrims’ house have been completed. In addition, work has begun on the electrical and sanitary installations, plastering, and flooring inside.

In 2021, it is planned to continue sanitary and electrical installations, to continue plastering and flooring, and to make stone cladding, outside stairs and window sills. It is also planned to start works related to land development (parking lot, pavements, small architecture), 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:

Zgromadzenie Sióstr Matki Bożej Miłosierdzia
Stary Rynek 14/18
09-404 Płock

Bank PEKAO SA
I O w Płocku
ul. Kolegialna 14a

SWIFT CODE: PKOPPLPW

PLN IBAN: 72 1240 3174 1111 0000 2890 0836
USD IBAN: 56 1240 3174 1787 0010 1057 7746
EUR IBAN: 28 1240 3174 1978 0010 1057 7818

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 2021:

February 22 – 90th anniversary of the revelation of Divine Mercy Image and Mercy Sunday in Plock, the commencement of the prophetic mission of St.. Faustina, which is to remind the world of the biblical truth about merciful love of God and a call to proclaim it with a renewed power with the testimony of life, deed, word and prayer. Her visual summary is the image of Christ with the inscription: “Jesus, I trust in You!”

March 6 – 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Faustinum Association of Divine Mercy Apostles, which brings together priests, consecrated persons and lay faithful from 90 countries of the world by Archbishop of Krakow, Franciszek Cardinal Macharski. Its main task is to conduct spiritual formation in the school of spirituality of St. Faustina.

The 40th anniversary of the first edition of the Diary of St. Faustina, a jewel of mystical literature, in which the Author recorded not only the message of Mercy from Jesus addressed to the modern world, but also a school of spirituality based on the exploration and contemplation of everyday life in the mystery of God’s mercy, which flows from the attitude of trust in God and active love of one’s neighbor.

August 1 – 10th anniversary of the start of Perpetual Chaplet at www.faustyna.pl. Through this initiative, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed around the clock, and Internet users join the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy every day from many countries of the world to pray together.

For millions of people worldwide, St. Faustina’s Diary has become not just an occasional read, but a manual for spiritual life and prayer. People often go back to in addition to the Holy Bible, even daily, even if to read just one sentence. Our website www.saint-faustina.org and its different language versions contain not only the text of the Diary, but also citations selected for every day of the year. You can also subscribe to receive them in your e-mail box, by filling in a short form. In this way you will be gradually introduced to school of Sister Faustina’s spirituality to better understand God’s merciful love, learn contemplation in everyday life, the attitude of trust in Him and mercy towards others, as well as love for the Church, the Eucharist and the close relationship with the Mother of God.

Panoramic images of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki are available on Google Maps, in addition to photos depicting some of the spots there and a walk around the holy place. In the present situation which has made traveling impossible, we would like to invite you to take the virtual tour and connect with us daily through the live video broadcasting at www.saint-faustina.org and our Faustyna.pl applications. In this way you can participate in the liturgy of Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours (Lauds and Vespers), the prayer in the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, in addition to the evening service and prayer of the Rosary at 8.30pm. We are waiting for you!

In the spirit of solidarity with the suffering and mercy, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy has followed the appeal of the four Conferences of Consecrated Life in Poland to pray the rosary offered to God every day at 8.30 pm. At this time, in all religious communities and consecrated lay persons’ homes, the rosary is recite for the intentions of people with Covid-19, their families and loved ones, medical staff and all those who are taking care of the needy, as well as for those who lost their lives as a result of the pandemic. You can join us praying the rosary via the live video broadcasting from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki at www.saint-faustina.org and our Faustyna.pl mobile application.

Every day at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, Sisters of the Congredation of Our Lady of Mercy gather at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina sisters to pray the Rosary for married couples experiencing difficulties and crises. You can join this celebration via the live video broadcast at www.faustyna.pl in the intention of your family or your loved ones.

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 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.

 

The different language versions of www.faustyna.pl have been given new forms for submitting your testimonies. This allows our visitors to share their faith and experience of God’s mercy in their lives, or the graces which they have obtained for others. The testimonies will be published on the website only after the administrator’s approval. They will not only help build the faith of those who share them, but also those who will read them. Prayer requests should be entered via the intentions form. Intentions are included in prayers in the chapel of the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, at the Hour of Mercy (3 pm) and during recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

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.

 

Sister Elżbieta M. Siepak from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy provided an answer to this important question which determines the shape of our life and our relationship with God and people, at a meeting at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock. The content of her presentation in Polish and English, and the discussion which followed, are available at: www.milosierdzieplock.pl. The meeting was hosted by Rector of the Shrine, Fr. Tomasz Brzeziński and Leszek Skierski.

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.

 

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:

Zgromadzenie Sióstr Matki Bożej Miłosierdzia
Stary Rynek 14/18
09-404 Płock

Bank PEKAO SA
I O w Płocku
ul. Kolegialna 14a

SWIFT CODE: PKOPPLPW

PLN IBAN: 72 1240 3174 1111 0000 2890 0836
USD IBAN: 56 1240 3174 1787 0010 1057 7746
EUR IBAN: 28 1240 3174 1978 0010 1057 7818