The annual Divine Mercy Novena for Life begins on Good Friday, April 6, at Blessed Mary Angela parish, the St. Hedwig site. The novena, which continues for nine days, concludes on the 10th day, Sunday, April 15, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday.
The story of the origin and dissemination of the Divine Mercy message began with the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun from the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland. The devotions were strongly supported by Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, Archbishop of Krakow. Later, when he became Pope John Paul II, he proclaimed the Sunday after Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday, and now he is widely known as the Mercy Pope.
The schedule for the novena is as follows:
Friday, April 6: noon, chaplet only
Saturday, April 7: 3 p.m., chaplet only
Easter Sunday, April 8, noon, chaplet only
Monday, April 9: 7 p.m., chaplet and benediction
Tuesday, April 10: 7 p.m., chaplet and benediction
Wednesday, April 11: 7 p.m. chaplet and benediction
Thursday, April 12: 7 p.m., chaplet and benediction
Friday, April 13: 7 p.m., chaplet and benediction
Saturday, April 14: 3 p.m. chaplet and benediction
Divine Mercy Sunday, April 15: 2 p.m. Mass. 3 p.m. chaplet, 3:30 p.m. light reception in the Social Center on Townsend Street.
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