Good Friday also holds even more meaning for me the last 3 years. Mom received her last rites on Good Friday. She passed away on Easter Monday. It was such a beautiful and moving experience. She was finally at peace those last few days. No pain, no ugly bruises, no problems breathing. Just peace. She looked so beautiful.
Tomorrow we will be releasing her ashes finally. My brother and I have decided that the time has come to set her truly free. She was adament about her wishes to be spread over the water and I must carry out those wishes. I feel like she has been prodding me the last few months so I know it is time.
Today also begins the Novena to the Divine Mercy. I will again post the daily prayers here as I can, however, if I miss a day, it is because I am spending my time with family and with Him.
May you each have a Blessed and Holy Triduum.
Divine Mercy Novena - First Day
HOW TO RECITE THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY
Jesus asked that this Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena of Chaplets to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. Say one chaplet each day following the novena intention. In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:
"On each day of the novena you will bring to My Heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy... On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls. By this novena I will grant every possible grace to souls." (Diary 1209, 796)
"Today bring to Me All Mankind, especially all sinners and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges me."
"Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners,
and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me."
Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.