"Humanity will never find peace until it turns with trust to Divine Mercy" - 28.04.19

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On Sunday the 28th April 2019, about 150 people gathered to celebrate the Feast of the Divine Mercy (also known as Divine Mercy Sunday) in the Church of The Visitation, Seremban. The image of the Divine Mercy, the portrait of St. Faustina and the water fountain were placed at its usual place on the sanctuary. Situated next to the lighted Paschal candle was the map of Sri Lanka with the inscription “Pray for Sri Lanka” and a lighted candle placed on the table. The 3.00 pm celebration jointly animated by the Liturgical team and Charismatic Prayer group commenced with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. As a sign of solidarity, Parish Priest Rev Fr. George Harrison has asked the congregation to devote the celebration for 3 intentions namely the Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday attacks on 21st April that claimed 253 lives and that God’s mercy be upon their family members, the many victims of violence in other parts of the world and for peace to prevail. The prayer group then led the congregation in reciting the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy. This followed by a short reading of 3 out of the 14 revelations recorded in St. Faustina’s diary when Jesus requested that a Feast of Mercy (Divine Mercy Sunday) be observed. Fr. George then led the Solemn Vespers (Evening Prayer). In his short Divine Mercy homily, Fr. George said that the first who had great encounter with Jesus’ divine mercy were the simple people (referring to the Apostles of Jesus because they were mostly fishermen) – who have lost faith, became weak, confused and given up hope. Like Thomas who doubted Jesus’ resurrection, we too at times have become weak, confused, lost in faith and hope. But Jesus has come to bring hope, peace and mercy. The flowing water from the fountain, said Fr George symbolises a great movement of the spirit in one’s lives. He also reminded the congregation the Divine Mercy messages that can be called to mind by remembering ABC.

A
- Ask for His Mercy.
B - Be merciful.
C - Completely trust in Jesus.

As a symbolic sign of completely trusting in Jesus, the image of The Divine Mercy was brought to the centre of the sanctuary. Fr. George then asked the congregation to reverently come forward and touch the image with their hands and silently utter the word “Jesus I trust in You”. The highlight of the Solemn Vespers was the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The two and half hour’s celebration concluded with a hymn to Our Lady “On This Day O Beautiful Mother”. The congregation and Fr. George later adjourned to the recreation corner for a light refreshment and fellowship.

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Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Second Sunday of Easter. On 30th April 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized St. Faustina and, during the ceremony, he declared, “It is important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church will be called "Divine Mercy Sunday".