Each year “St. Faustina’s Day” is celebrated at the John Paul II Hospital in Krakow at Prądnicka 80. In the surviving chapel of the Sacred Heart, which is a silent witness to the presence, prayers and sufferings of the Apostle of Divine Mercy and the extraordinary events of her life, Holy Mass will be celebrated on September 17th, about 2:30 pm., prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy led by sisters from the convent in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The Day of St. Faustina is organized by the management of the John Paul II Hospital and the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, and attended not only by the medical staff and the hospital’s patients, but also by venerators of the Divine Mercy and St. Faustina. The Apostle of Divine Mercy spent more than eight months in this hospital, in the years 1936-1938, and on 17 September 1938, she finally left it for the convent to go House of Our Heavenly Father from there.
On 16 September, at 3.00 pm, the official introduction of relics of St. Faustina and Bl. Fr. Michael Sopocko to the church of St. Thomas the Apostle in West Hempstead, Long Island, New York USA, will take place. The main celebrant will be Bishop Join Barres, the head of the Diocese of Rockville Center on Long Island, New York USA.
On 13-16 September, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki and the John Paul II Center, the Third Congress of Young Consecrated Persons will be held. The tagline of this meeting are the words: “Free in the Holy Spirit”, and the biblical motto: “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor 3, 17). The schedule includes presentations, personal and communal prayer, group work, testimonies, a concert of praise and exchanging experiences. The event will start with ‚holy Mass at the Shrine of the Divine Mercy at 4.30 pm under the lead of Bp. Jacek Kiciński, and on the last day of the Congress, Mass at 7.00 am will be transmitted by TVP1 also from the Shrine of Divine Mercy, be chaired by Marek Jędraszewski, the Archbishop of Krakow.
We would like to dedicate these words of St. John Paul II to all benefactors and donors of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, as their cash donations and personal involvement in their apostolic work bring a gift to the world: the message of Mercy, which Jesus entrusted to St. Faustina. Particularly, we would like to thank, here at this website, those who support it and who participate in the works which are implemented through it, especially the “Chaplet for the Dying” and the on-line video streaming from the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki. We pray daily for all donors and benefactors, recommending their intentions to the Divine Mercy through the intercession of St. Faustina.
On September 15, (Saturday), annual, autumn celebrations will be held at the Rock Shrine of Divine Mercy in Slovakia. On the top of Mount Butkov, there will be a solemn Mass at 3:30 pm, celebrated by Fr. Marek Hriadel. Some of the pilgrims will arrive at the foot of Mount Butkov at 12:50 pm to enter the place of the celebration (the 11th floor of the stone quarry) along the Way of the Cross situated on the slope of the mountain. At 3.00 pm, sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy from Slovakia and from the convent at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will lead prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. At 5.00 om, an oratory by Pavel Kršku directed by Pavel Smolik entitled “The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ” will be performed. The ceremony at the top Butkov is attended each year by pilgrims from all over Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic and other countries.
On 13 and 14 of September, we will be celebraring the 83th anniversary of the revelation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Jesus taught humanity two prayers: Modlitwy Pańskiej, when the Apostles asked Him for it, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, which He dictated to St. Faustina in Polish, in the Vilnius convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1935. As she noted in her Diary:In the evening when I was in my cell, I saw an Angel, the executor of divine wrath. He was clothed in a dazing robe, his face gloriously bright, a cloud beneath his feet. From the cloud, bolts of thunder and flashes of lightning were springing into his hands; and from his hand they were going forth, and only then were they striking the earth. When I saw this sign of divine wrath which was about to strike the earth, and in particular a certain place, which for good reasons I cannot name, I began to implore the Angel to hold off for a few moments, and the world would do penance. But my plea was a mere nothing in the face of divine anger. Just then I saw the Most Holy Trinity. The greatness of Its majesty pierced me deeply and I did not dare to repeat my entrietaties. At that very moment I felt in my soul the power of Jesus’ grace which dwells in my soul. When I became conscious of this grace, I was instantly snatched up before the Throne of God. Oh, how great is our Lord and God and how incomprehensible His holiness! I will make no attempt to describe this greatness, because before long we shall all see Him as He is. I found myself pleading with God for the world with words heard interiorly.
As I was praying in this manner, I saw the Angel’s helplessness: he could not carry out the just punishment,which was rightly due for sins. Never before had I prayed with such inner power as I did then.
The words with which I entreated God are these: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ for our sins, and those of the whole world; for the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us.
The next morning, when I enered chapel, heard these words interiorly: Every time you enter the chapel, immediately recite the prayer which I taught you yesterday. When had said the prayer, in my soul I heard these words:This prayer will will serve to appease My wrath. You will recite it for nine days, on the beads of the rosary, in the folllowing manner: First of all, you will say one OUR FATHER and HAIL MARY and the I BELIEVE IN GOD. Then on the following words: ‚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 on the whole world.” In conclusion, three times you will recite these words: „Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and thw whole world” (Diary, 474-476).
In consequent revelations, the Lord Jesus associated many great promises with this prayer, on the condition it is recited in the spirit of trust in Him and mercy towards one’s neighbors. The general promise states that trustful recitation of the Chaplet can help a person acquire anything which is compliant with the will of God. Moreover, He provided us with additional promises, which apply to the joyful grace and the grace of serene death, without fear and apprehension. They can be obtaied not only by thise who pray the Chaplet trustfully, but also by the dying at whose side the prayer is said in a proper manner.
Today, apart from the call Jesus, I trust in You!, it is the best known prayer to Divine Mercy, recited on all continents and languages, even in those of small tribes. More information on the Chaplet and its story can be found here.
On September 8-9 at the TS Wisła sports hall at ul. Reymonta 22 in Krakow, the annual meeting of “Community Alliance of Mercy” will be held. The Community is celebrating its 10th anniversary of activity in Poland. The program includes conferences, animation and prayer. The Eucharist at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki on September 9 at 3.20 pm will be the central point. During the Mass, the pledge of further performance of the apostolic mission will be made by the Community Alliance of Mercy. The event will be attended by sisters of the Łagiewniki community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. More information and registration for the “Misericordia Fest” is available at http://mf2018.pl/
On September 8 (Saturday), the 16th National Railway Workers’ Pilgrimage will arrive at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki. It will begin at 10.00 am at the outdoor altar with an introduction by Fr. Ryszard Marciniak, entitled “God’s ways with Mary towards Polish independence”. At ca. 10.30 am, Way of the Cross will be celebrated in the outdoors, and then, at 12.00 pm, the central point of the pilgrimage: Holy Mass will be chaired by Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, the Metropolitan Bishop of Krakow. The pilgrims will also visit the chapel with the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, to whom they will entrust their personal intentions. The pilgrimage will end with a prayer at the Hour of Mercy (3 pm) and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
On 6-8 September, before the 80th anniversary of St. Faustina Kowalska’s birth to Heaven, which falls on October 5, members and volunteers of the Association of Apostles of Divine Mercy from Slovakia will be following in the footsteps of the Saint’s life. Venturing from Presov, they will visit: Świnice Warckie, Lodz, Warsaw, Plock, Derdy and Krakow. The guides will be sisters from the Hrušov community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.
On September 8, the Hrušov community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will participate in the celebration of indulgences, which will be held at the Basilica of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Vranov nad Topľou, Slovakia. The sisters will take an active part in the liturgy along with the church choir, but also, after the indulgence Mass (about 3.00 pm), they will lead the prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy.