Good Friday – Start of the Divine Mercy Novena

“I demand from you deeds of mercy which are to arise out of love for me. You are to show mercy to your neighbours always and everywhere” (from the Diary of St Faustina).

Alongside this demand that we show mercy, inspired by love of God and exercised through our actions, words and prayers, Jesus makes a solemn promise that we will be forgiven if we trust in Him. The floodgates of His mercy are open: if we only approach the fount of His Mercy, firmly trusting in His unfathomable love for every single human being, we will be forgiven, whatever the nature of our past sins.

In the year 2000, the Holy See formally affirmed Jesus’ demand that the Sunday after Easter should be marked as Divine Mercy Sunday. Jesus has promised that “whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment”.

To obtain the Church’s related indulgence, we must go to confession (within two or three weeks on either side) and receive Holy Communion on or very close to Divine Mercy Sunday. We are also to say a prayer (such as an Our Father, a Hail Mary and a Glory be) for the Pope’s intentions. Finally, we must detach ourselves completely from all sin, even venial sin.

On Divine Mercy Sunday, Jesus instructs that “priests are to tell everyone about My great and unfathomable mercy”. Indeed, we are all called to tell others about God’s Divine Mercy, with a wonderful promise for those who do so: “Souls who spread the honour of My mercy I shield through their entire lives as a tender mother her infant, and at the hour of death I will not be a Judge for them, but the Merciful Saviour”.

Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy as well as the novena intentions Jesus gave Saint Faustina, are a good way to prepare for this great Feast.  Jesus said to the Saint: “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.”

(See here for more information about the background to the Divine Mercy devotion)

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19 Responses to Good Friday – Start of the Divine Mercy Novena

  1. I wish more understood the simple but powerful love to be found in the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.


  2. All Catholics should commit ourselves in prayers and pray hard starting today 06 April 2012 to 14 April 2012 the Novena To The Divine Mercy.


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  4. Make that one intention when you say the Divine Mercy Novena, and Our Lord will grand you the understanding you desire!
    Also, read Sr Faustina’s Diary. It is in book form; (there are exerpts from it on the internet) and you will understand His merciful love better.


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  6. mark endres says:

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  7. toadspittle says:


    A “Divine Mercy” bumper sticker would seem like going out of the way to invite trouble – certainly in Detroit.


  8. Anthony Charles Mubiru says:

    Hey, toadspittle, read the beatitudes and be encouraged to invite that trouble. you have but more to gain, be encourage my brother. Oh blood and water that gushed form the Heart of Jesus Christ as a fount of mercy for us sinners we trust In You.


  9. Carmen says:



  10. toadspittle says:

    Easy for you to say, Anthony Charles.

    And, Carmen, you’re welcome.


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  13. disha says:

    Hie! Can someone pls tell me tht can a hindu also pray the Good Friday novena?At home?


  14. golden chersonnese says:

    You could even pray it in a church. But careful you don’t catch something or start a habit, disha.


  15. siteofdisha says:

    Hi golden chersonnese, can you pls explain wht do u mean by ‘careful you dont catch something’ ?


  16. mmvc says:

    Hi disha,
    Of course you are free to pray this novena or indeed any other Christian prayer.
    Just remember, while you pray, that Jesus is a real historic figure whose death for our salvation we recall on this day (Good Friday). As Christians we believe that Jesus is God – one of three divine Persons – but only one God.


  17. golden chersonnese says:

    disha, I was suggesting, in a clumsy way, that you need not feel shy about going into a church if you wish.


  18. toni says:

    Does any body know how to get copies of this picture


  19. johnhenrycn says:

    Hi, Toni:

    Just Google “Divine Mercy Pictures For Sale”, and Bob’s your uncle!
    Oh alright then, here you go:


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