Message From the Director
Dear Friends of Our Lady of Angels Association,
The second Sunday after Easter, the Octave Day of Easter, is also known as “Divine Mercy Sunday.” Liturgically speaking, the messages of the prayers and the readings used for this Octave Day have always been centered on themes of God’s mercy and forgiveness.
The prayers and readings for “Divine Mercy Sunday” invite us to reflect on the merciful love of God the Father manifested through the life, death and resurrection of His divine Son – the Paschal Mystery – that we always celebrate whenever we gather to celebrate the Eucharist – but which is now more prominent throughout the Easter Season.
As Saint John Paul II pointed out in his “Queen of Heaven” address on Divine Mercy Sunday, 1995:
“The whole Octave of Easter is like a single day and the Octave Sunday is meant to be the day of thanksgiving for the goodness God has shown to us in the whole Easter mystery.”
Given the liturgical appropriateness of the title, “Divine Mercy Sunday,” the Holy See did not give this title to the Second Sunday of Easter merely as an “option” for those parishes and dioceses who happen to like that sort of thing!
Rather, the decree issued on May 5, 2000, by the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments clearly states: “The Supreme Pontiff, John Paul II, has graciously determined that in the Roman Missal, after the Second Sunday of Easter, there shall henceforth be added the appellation ‘Divine Mercy Sunday’….”
Divine Mercy Sunday, therefore, is not an optional title for this solemnity; rather Divine Mercy is the second name for this Feast Day. This is the Easter gift that the Church receives from the Risen Christ and offers to all people.
Why would our Lord promise to pour out such extraordinary graces on this particular Feast Day? If the Octave Day of Easter is truly meant to be, as Saint John Paul II once said, as a day of “Thanksgiving for the goodness God has shown to us in the whole Easter Mystery, then we should not be surprised that He promised the most extraordinary spiritual benefits to those who come to Holy Communion on this day, in a state of grace, and with the disposition of trust in His merciful love.
Devotedly in Our Lady of Angels,
Rev. William J. O’Brien, C.M.
Prayer to Saint Vincent To End the Coronavirus Pandemic
By: John Freund on Mar 31, 2020 / Around the Province
Father Jean Pierre Renouard, CM, a Vincentian scholar and researcher, composed a prayer to the Holy Trinity, asking for the intercession of our patron to eliminate this epidemic that is invading the world.
PRAYER TO ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
O Saint Vincent de Paul, our father and model,
throughout your life you wished
to imitate Jesus, the missionary and servant.
In your time, you confronted
the plague, the illness of the people.
Intercede now with the Holy Trinity
on behalf of all the nations on earth visited by the modern scourge.
Help the bodies and hearts of all victims.
Strengthen caregivers, be close to all neighbors, and enlighten researchers.
Walk with those approaching the portals of death.
As you gave strong and ardent advice to struggle against evil,
so now come to our aid!
Teach us how to expose our lives for the weakest among us,
and strengthen us to help them better
in fearless perseverance.
With the sole desire of aiding them in their needs,
open our spirits to God’s infinite providence.
Let us endow it with his total will for action.
Inspire in us, also, obedience to our leaders,
as we now place ourselves in your hands,
confident and fortified with genuine feelings of dedication and zeal
for our sisters and brothers.
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