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POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER FOR THE HOLY YEAR OF MERCY:
Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of
Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and
First Merciful Mystery: Jesus Calls Zacchaeus to Conversion
Ask for: the grace of Generosity in place of Greed:
READER 1: Reading: Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly and received him with joy. When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19: 2-9)
READER 2: Prayer Lord, Zacchaeus thought his contentment would come from his ill-gotten gain. In the heights of the sycamore tree he heard your voice and learned the thrill that comes of being in relationship with the Creator of all things. Help us to use your creation generously, never seeking our own good but that of others.
Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, Glory Be, “O My Jesus…”
Second Merciful Mystery: Jesus Absolves a Sinful Woman.
Ask for: the grace of Chastity in place of Lust.
READER 1: Reading: Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.” (John 8: 3b-11)
READER 1: Reading: Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that Jesus was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. “Two people were in debt to a certain creditor; one owed five hundred days’ wages and the other owed fifty. Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both. Which of them will love him more?” Simon said in reply, “The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.” He said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment. So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The others at table said to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” But he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Luke 7: 37-50)
READER 2: Prayer Lord, you did not condone the sins of the sinful woman but offered her a chance to embrace instead the true and abundant life that you bring. Help each of us to cast off the chains of impurity and walk freely in the path of virtue and its joys.
Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, Glory Be, “O My Jesus…”
Third Merciful Mystery: Jesus Challenges the Samaritan Woman at the Well
Ask for: the grace of Spiritual Diligence in place of Sloth
READER 1: Reading: A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” She said to him, “Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the well is deep; where then can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this well and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” ….Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him because of the word of the woman*. (John 4: 7-19 passim)
READER 2: Prayer Lord, the Samaritan Woman was neither your kin, nor your clan, nor your neighbor. But you opened the door for her walk with you on a path of new insight into her life. You did not allow her to remain comfortably in her sin, but caused her to see her life through new and clearer eyes. Lord give us the grace to be diligent in seeking virtue rather than remain complacent in our familiar mediocrity and sin.
Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, Glory Be, “O My Jesus…”
Fourth Merciful Mystery: Peter Weeps after Denying Jesus
Ask for: the grace of Humility in place of Pride
READER 1: Reading: While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the high priest’s maids came along. Seeing Peter warming himself, she looked intently at him and said, “You too were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” But he denied it saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are talking about.” So he went out into the outer court. Then the cock crowed. The maid saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” Once again he denied it. A little later the bystanders said to Peter once more, “Surely you are one of them; for you too are a Galilean.” He began to curse and to swear, “I do not know this man about whom you are talking.” And immediately a cock crowed a second time. Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows twice you will deny me three times.” He broke down and wept. (Mark 14: 66-72)
READER 2: Prayer Lord, in his denial Peter cared more for human opinion than fidelity to you. Help us never to value human considerations and concerns above your loving care for us, and your call for us to live for the things that are unseen rather than seen.
Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, Glory Be, “O My Jesus…”
Fifth Merciful Mystery: The Repentant Thief at Calvary
Ask for: the grace of Patience in place of Anger
READER 1: Reading: Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.” The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23: 39-43)
READER 2: Prayer: Lord, Dismas the Good Thief learned in his last earthly moments that he needed to accept the reality of his sins, unlike the bad thief who continued to rage defensively against any acceptance of personal responsibility. Lord, help each of us to be angry not at persons, but at our sins that separate us from the promise of life eternal.
Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, Glory Be, “O My Jesus…”
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Cornonilla (Chaplet of Divine Mercy-Spanish)
CORONILLA A LA DIVINA MISERICORDIA:
(se utiliza un rosario común de cinco decenas)
1. Comenzar con un Padre Nuestro, Avemaría, y Credo (de los apóstoles).
Credo de los apóstoles:
Creo en Dios Padre todopoderoso,
creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo, su único Hijo, nuestro Señor.
Fue concebido por obra y gracia del Espíritu Santo
y nació de la Virgen Maria.
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato.
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado.
Descendió a los infiernos.
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos.
Subió a los cielos,
y está sentado a la diestra de Dios Padre.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar a vivos y muertos.
Creo en el Espíritu Santo, la santa Iglesia católica,
la comunión de los santos, el perdón de los pecados,
la resurrección de los muertos,
y la vida eterna. Amén.
2. En las cuentas grandes correspondientes al Padre Nuestro (una vez) decir:
"Padre Eterno, te ofrezco el Cuerpo,
la Sangre, el Alma y la Divinidad
de Tu Amadísimo Hijo,
nuestro Señor Jesucristo,
como propiciación de nuestros
pecados y los del mundo entero."
3. En las cuentas pequeñas correspondientes al Ave María (diez veces) decir:
"Por Su dolorosa Pasión,
ten misericordia de nosotros
y del mundo entero."
4. Al finalizar las cinco decenas de la coronilla se repite tres veces:
"Santo Dios, Santo Fuerte,
Santo Inmortal, ten piedad de
nosotros y del mundo entero."
5. Oración final (opcional):
“Oh Sangre y agua que brotaste del Corazón de Jesús como una fuente de misericordia para nosotros, en Ti confío.”
(Rezarla preferentemente a las 3:00 pm. “La hora de La Misericordia”)
Chaplet of Divine Mercy
How to Recite the Chaplet
The Chaplet of Mercy is recited using ordinary rosary beads of five decades. The Chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from the Diary of Saint Faustina and followed by a closing prayer.
1. Make the Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
2. Optional Opening Prayers
You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
(Repeat three times)
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!
3. Our Father
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.
4. Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.
5. The Apostle's Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
6. The Eternal Father
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 those of the whole world.
7. On the Ten Small Beads of Each Decade
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
8. Repeat for the remaining decades
Saying the "Eternal Father" (6) on the "Our Father" bead and then 10 "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion" (7) on the following "Hail Mary" beads.
9. Conclude with Holy God (Repeat three times)
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
10. Optional Closing Prayer
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
Indulgences Guildeline in Spanish
Indulgencias - Condiciones Generales
Para el Año Jubilar de la Misericordia nuestra iglesia parroquial se ha designado un lugar de peregrinación de la diócesis donde los visitantes pueden ganar una indulgencia plenaria al reunir las condiciones habituales. Los siguientes "Observaciones generales sobre las Indulgencias" de documento don de la indulgencia Papa San Juan Pablo II se resumen las condiciones habituales que figuran en la ley de la Iglesia:
- Se trata de cómo se define una indulgencia en el Código de Derecho Canónico y en el Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica (can 992). (N 1,471).: "La indulgencia es la remisión ante Dios de la pena temporal por los pecados, la culpa ya ha sido perdonado, que los fieles cristianos que esté debidamente dispuesto ganancias bajo ciertas condiciones prescritas por la acción de la Iglesia que, como administradora de la redención, distribuye y aplica con autoridad el tesoro de las satisfacciones de Cristo y de los santos ".
- En general, la obtención de indulgencias requiere ciertas condiciones prescritas (abajo, nn. 3, 4), y la realización de determinadas obras prescritas .....
- Para ganar indulgencias, sea plenaria o parcial, es necesario que los fieles en el estado de gracia, al menos en el momento del trabajo de indulgencias se ha completado. [NÓTESE BIEN. Por lo tanto, hay que ser un católico en la comunión con el Papa, es decir, no excomulgado o cisma.]
- La indulgencia plenaria puede obtenerse solamente una vez al día. Para obtenerlo, los fieles necesitan, además de estar en estado de gracia:
- tener La disposición interior de un desapego total del pecado, incluso venial;
- tener Sacramentalmente confesado sus pecados;
- recibir La Sagrada Eucaristía (sin duda es mejor para recibirlo durante su participación en la Santa Misa, pero para la indulgencia sólo se requiere la Santa Comunión);
- orar por las intenciones del Sumo Pontífice.
- Es conveniente, pero no necesario, que la confesión sacramental y santo comunión especialmente y la oración por las intenciones del Papa tienen lugar en el mismo día en que se realiza el trabajo indulgencias; pero es suficiente que estos sagrados ritos y oraciones se llevarán a cabo dentro de varios días (alrededor de 20) antes o después del acto indulgencias. Oración por las intenciones del Papa se deja a la elección de los fieles, sino un "Padre Nuestro" y un "Ave María" se sugieren. Una confesión sacramental es suficiente para varias indulgencias plenarias, sino una comunión santa separada y una oración separada por las intenciones del Santo Padre se requieren para cada indulgencia plenaria.
- Por el bien de los que legítimamente impedido, confesores pueden conmutar tanto la obra prescrita como las condiciones requeridas (excepto, obviamente, el desapego del pecado, incluso venial).
- Las indulgencias siempre se puede aplicar ya sea para uno mismo o para las almas de los difuntos, pero no se puede aplicar a otras personas que viven en la tierra.
Indulgences Guideline in English
Indulgences - General Conditions
For the Jubilee Year of Mercy our parish church has been designated a pilgrimage site for the diocese where visitors can gain a plenary indulgence by fulfilling the usual conditions. The following "General remarks on Indulgences" from Pope St. John Paul II’s document Gift of the Indulgence summarizes the usual conditions given in the Church's law:
1. This is how an indulgence is defined in the Code of Canon Law (can. 992) and in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 1471): "An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints".
2. In general, the gaining of indulgences requires certain prescribed conditions (below, nn. 3, 4), and the performance of certain prescribed works.....
3. To gain indulgences, whether plenary or partial, it is necessary that the faithful be in the state of grace at least at the time the indulgenced work is completed. [N.B. Thus, one must be a Catholic in communion with the Pope, i.e. not excommunicated or in schism.]
4. A plenary indulgence can be gained only once a day. In order to obtain it, the faithful must, in addition to being in the state of grace:
- have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin;
- have sacramentally confessed their sins;
- receive the Holy Eucharist (it is certainly better to receive it while participating in Holy Mass, but for the indulgence only Holy Communion is required);
- pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.
5. It is appropriate, but not necessary, that the sacramental Confession and especially Holy Communion and the prayer for the Pope's intentions take place on the same day that the indulgenced work is performed; but it is sufficient that these sacred rites and prayers be carried out within several days (about 20) before or after the indulgenced act. Prayer for the Pope's intentions is left to the choice of the faithful, but an "Our Father" and a "Hail Mary" are suggested. One sacramental Confession suffices for several plenary indulgences, but a separate Holy Communion and a separate prayer for the Holy Father's intentions are required for each plenary indulgence.
6. For the sake of those legitimately impeded, confessors can commute both the work prescribed and the conditions required (except, obviously, detachment from even venial sin).
7. Indulgences can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.
Official Divine Mercy Hymn
Pope Francis text to open the Year of Divine Mercy
The full text of Pope Francis’ prepared homily for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the Inauguration of the Jubilee of Mercy can be found below:
8 December 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In a few moments I will have the joy of opening the Holy Door of Mercy. We carry out this act, so simple yet so highly symbolic, in the light of the word of God which we have just heard. That word highlights the primacy of grace. Again and again these readings make us think of the words by which the angel Gabriel told an astonished young girl of the mystery which was about to enfold her: “Hail, full of grace” (Lk 1:28).
The Virgin Mary was called to rejoice above all because of what the Lord accomplished in her. God’s grace enfolded her and made her worthy of becoming the Mother of Christ. When Gabriel entered her home, even the most profound and impenetrable of mysteries became for her a cause for joy, faith and abandonment to the message revealed to her. The fullness of grace can transform the human heart and enable it to do something so great as to change the course of human history.
The feast of the Immaculate Conception expresses the grandeur of God’s love. Not only does he forgive sin, but in Mary he even averts the original sin present in every man and woman who comes into this world. This is the love of God which precedes, anticipates and saves. The beginning of the history of sin in the Garden of Eden yields to a plan of saving love. The words of Genesis reflect our own daily experience: we are constantly tempted to disobedience, a disobedience expressed in wanting to go about our lives without regard for God’s will. This is the enmity which keeps striking at people’s lives, setting them in opposition to God’s plan. Yet the history of sin can only be understood in the light of God’s love and forgiveness. Were sin the only thing that mattered, we would be the most desperate of creatures. But the promised triumph of Christ’s love enfolds everything in the Father’s mercy. The word of God which we have just heard leaves no doubt about this. The Immaculate Virgin stands before us as a privileged witness of this promise and its fulfilment.
This Extraordinary Holy Year is itself a gift of grace. To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them. This will be a year in which we grow ever more convinced of God’s mercy. How much wrong we do to God and his grace when we speak of sins being punished by his judgment before we speak of their being forgiven by his mercy (cf. Saint Augustine, De Praedestinatione Sanctorum, 12, 24)! But that is the truth. We have to put mercy before judgment, and in any event God’s judgement will always be in the light of his mercy. In passing through the Holy Door, then, may we feel that we ourselves are part of this mystery of love. Let us set aside all fear and dread, for these do not befit men and women who are loved. Instead, let us experience the joy of encountering that grace which transforms all things.
Today, as we pass through the Holy Door, we also want to remember another door, which fifty years ago the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council opened to the world. This anniversary cannot be remembered only for the legacy of the Council’s documents, which testify to a great advance in faith. Before all else, the Council was an encounter. A genuine encounter between the Church and the men and women of our time. An encounter marked by the power of the Spirit, who impelled the Church to emerge from the shoals which for years had kept her self-enclosed so as to set out once again, with enthusiasm, on her missionary journey. It was the resumption of a journey of encountering people where they live: in their cities and homes, in their workplaces. Wherever there are people, the Church is called to reach out to them and to bring the joy of the Gospel. After these decades, we again take up this missionary drive with the same power and enthusiasm. The Jubilee challenges us to this openness, and demands that we not neglect the spirit which emerged from Vatican II, the spirit of the Samaritan, as Blessed Paul VI expressed it at the conclusion of the Council. May our passing through the Holy Door today commit us to making our own the mercy of the Good Samaritan.