Divine Mercy Devotion, Prayers and Chaplet – click play button below to listen.
The Divine Mercy is a Roman Catholic devotion to the merciful love of God and the desire to let that love and mercy flow through one’s own heart towards those in need of it. Learn more
Through St. Faustina, the Merciful Savior has given the aching world new channels for the outpouring of His grace. These new channels include the Image of The Divine Mercy, the Feast of Mercy (Divine Mercy Sunday), the Chaplet, the Novena to The Divine Mercy, and prayer at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, the Hour of Great Mercy.
Although these means of receiving God’s mercy are new in form, they all proclaim the timeless message of God’s merciful love. They also draw us back to the great Sacrament of Mercy, the Holy Eucharist, where the living Lord, who suffered and died on the Cross and whose Heart was pierced with a lance, pours forth His mercy on all mankind, and grants pardon to all who draw near and honor Him. As Jesus told St. Faustina:
“My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners…[I]t is for them that the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy. For them I dwell in the tabernacle as King of Mercy.” (Diary, 367)
Kiss of peace – The “Kiss of Peace” or ‘Sign of Peace’ is part of the ‘Communion Rite’ in the Liturgy of the Mass in the Roman Catholic Church.
It is a traditional Christian greeting dating to early Christianity. The practice remains a part of the worship in many traditional churches: Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Catholic Churches, Eastern Orthodox churches, Oriental Orthodox churches and some liturgical mainline Protestant denominations.
It is often called the kiss of peace, sign of peace, or simply peace or pax – “Baiser De Paix” in French; and ‘Bay Lapè’ in Haitian Creole.
In the Gospels, greeting with a kiss was also the custom practiced by Jesus Christ. However, the New Testament’s reference to a holy kiss (en philemati hagio) and kiss of love (en philemati agapes) transformed the character of the act beyond a greeting. Such a kiss is mentioned five times in the New Testament:
Romans 16:16 — “Greet one another with a holy kiss“
I Corinthians 16:20 — “Greet one another with a holy kiss“
II Corinthians 13:12 — “Greet one another with a holy kiss“
I Thessalonians 5:26 — “Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss“.
I Peter 5:14 — “Greet one another with a kiss of love“
Here is a [video] from St. Angela’s Mattapan Parish, Haitian French/Creole Mass during “Kiss of Peace” or “Baiser De Paix” [v1006] part of the Holy Mass. It is sung and danced in this video in Haitian Creole. Saint Angela Parish in Mattapan, Boston church is located at at 1544 Blue Hill Ave. Mattapan, MA 02126 phone 617-298-0080. Visit the parish web pages at www.stangelaparish.org – A Parish of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts.
Reference/Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – link.
Holy Mass of Fifth Sunday of Lent Lectionary: 36 or 34, Year A Saturday Vigil Mass of 16 March 2013 at St. Angela’s Parish www.StAngelaParish.org 1-617-298-0080 Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts.
On Saturday afternoon 16 March 2013, Father Bill Joy and Father Sandry Matondo administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation (First Penance) to the Children of the parish with the presence and participation of their parents, Mrs. Obas and their teachers.
Reconciliation, the sacrament of healing, is a sacramental celebration in which, through God’s mercy and forgiveness, the sinner is reconciled with God and also with the Church, Christ’s Body, which is wounded by sin. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1422, 1442-5, 1468 link)
When should my child receive First Reconciliation?
The sacrament of First Reconciliation follows baptism and is initiated, usually, at the age of seven or eight years old. A child, whether that child is seven years old, eight years old, nine years old, or older, is only capable of age appropriate readiness for participation in the celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation. A seven-year-old can only understand God’s mercy and forgiveness as a seven-year-old. Furthermore, a child’s ability to comprehend such a concept as conscience temptation, intention, and sin – both mortal and venial sin – is also limited by age and moral development. As a child grows in knowledge and faith his or her understanding and appreciation of the sacraments will naturally deepen. It is then determined that the readiness of a child is dependent upon their understanding of the difference between a mistake and a sin.