On August 19, devotees of Divine Mercy will come to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki as part of the 5th National Pilgrimage organized on the anniversary of the consecration of the Divine Mercy basilica and entrusting the world to God’s Mercy by St. John Paul II. This year, the meeting of the venerators and apostles of Divine Mercy will be guided by the slogan: “For freedom Christ has set us free”. Holy Mass in the Shrine will take place at: 7.00 am, 8.30 am and 7.00 pm (chapel with the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina), 9.00 am, 10.30 pm, 12.00 pm, 1.30 pm, 3.20 pm and 6.00 pm (the basilica). The Eucharist at 3.20 in the basilica will be celebrated by the Metropolitan of Krakow, Marek Archbishop Jędraszewski, who will bless the new organ after the Mass. At 7:00 pm, an organ concert is planned with Sarah Kim (France), Andrew Reid (Great Britain) and Krzysztof Michałek. For more information, visit the Shrine’s rectorate’s website: www.milosierdzie.pl.
On 11-17 August, Sr. Pavla of the Hrušov community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will take part in the pilgrimage from Michalovce to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Spišská Nová Ves. The pilgrimage is organized by Pallottine fathers and sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, who will lead prayers for the pilgrims along the 145 km route.
August 17th is the 16th anniversary of the entrustment of the world to Divine Mercy by Pope John Paul II during his last pilgrimage to Poland at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. After the consecration of the basilica, the Holy Father uttered words in which he entrusted the fate of the world and every human being to God, the Father rich in Mercy. These words became a daily prayer not only for the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and the pilgrims coming to the Łagiewniki Shrine, but also to millions of people in the world.
God, Father of Mercy,
Who revealed Your love in your Son, Jesus Christ,
And poured it upon us in the Holy Spirit the Comforter,
today we entrust to you the fate of the world and every human being.
Look upon over us sinners,
heal our weakness,
overcome all the evil,
let all the inhabitants of the Earth experience Your Mercy,
In You, the Triune God,
we have always found a source of hope.
God, Father of Mercy,
for your painful torment and the Resurrection of Your Son
have mercy on us and on the whole world.
On August 11 (Saturday), a monthly meeting of the Sychar community at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will take place. At 5 p.m., in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina, Holy Mass will be celebrated in the intention of married couples who are experiencing problems and are in danger of falling apart, followed by a meeting in the “Faustinum” hall. In this intention – of married couples in crisis – the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy hold daily Rosary prayer at 8.30 pm at the Łagiewniki Shrine.
On July 28th, the “Woman is Divine” community operating at the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdansk, will start a pilgrimage to the throne of Our Lady of Czestochowa. During the pilgrimage, the women from the community will speak about femininity and Divine Mercy which married couples experience when they are trying to conceive, in whose intentions the sisters and the community members pray during retreats held in the Gdansk convent. All those willing to have their intentions included in the prayers during the Elblag and Gdansk walking pilgrimages can forward them by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
On August 8th, as on every eighth day of the month, the community of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdansk will support married couples praying for offspring. Since February 2017, already over 652 married couples from Poland, Italy, France and the USA have enlisted for the prayer and 108 of them are already expecting children, including one couple with twins coming up, and already 21 children have been born. Intentions asking for prayer for this purpose (names of married couples) can be sent by email at: email@example.com or through the fanpage of the “Kobieta jest boska” (Woman Is Divine) formation group.
On August 5, the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of the Snows, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy celebrates its patronal feast, honoring its Patroness – the Mother of Mercy Incarnate. On this day, the election of Mary as the heavenly Superior General of the Congregation has been traditionally renewed since in 1937, in the form of a special, ceremonial prayer. Saint Faustina wrote in her Diary: I saw the Virgin Mary and She said to me, Oh, how very pleased I am with the homage of your love! And at that moment She covered all the sisters of the Congregation with Her mantle. With Her right hand, She clasped Mother General Michael to herself, and with Her left hand she did the so to me, while all the sisters were at Her feet, covered with Her mantle. Then the Mother of God said hen the Mother of God said, Everyone who perseveres zealously till death in My Congregation will be spared the fire of purgatory (Diary, 1244). This day is the anniversary of the dedication of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the oldest church in the West dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Pope Sixtus III, to celebrate the end of the stormy Council of Ephesus (431 AD), which declared the dogma of the divine motherhood of Mary (Theotokos), introduced the feast of the Mother of the Son of God, which was first celebrated in this particular basilica, and with time, successive Popes expanded it to the whole Church. Today, the liturgical calendar of the Church contains the memorial of Our Lady of the Snows, commemorating the miracle associated with the rise of the basilica, and this name is functioning in the minds of the faithful. Therefore, the first circumstance of the establishment of the feast of Mary as Mother of the Son of God – Mercy Incarnate, has been forgotten. For more information about Mary the Mother of Mercy, Her title, worship and iconography in the Church and Congregation, follow the link: Our Lady of Mercy.
On July 27, a novena before the feast of the Patron of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, which falls on August 5, will start. During the novena, the Chaplet of Our Lady of Mercy is sung or recited. In this prayer we ask Mary to defend us from our enemies, accept us at the hour of death and beg for the Mercy of her Son for us. In the chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, the novena is celebrated on weekdays at 7 pm, while on Sundays at 6:30 pm. The words of the Chaplet of Our Lady of Mercy.
On 30 July-2 August, the Hrušov community of the Congregation of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and the provost of the parish of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus, Fr. František Petr, organize a Summer day camp for children aged 6+. The program includes: games, fun, music and, of course, communal prayer.