Pope John Paul II instituted The Feast of Divine Mercy on the First Sunday after Easter in the year 2000. A group of parishioners who have a special devotion to this image of the risen Jesus have instituted the Divine Mercy “chapel” at the back of St. Julia Church. The simple words, “Jesus I trust in You” appear at the bottom of a reproduction of the image of Jesus which was revealed to Saint Faustina, a Polish Benedictine nun in 1930. The rays of red and white light emanating from the risen Jesus, represent the waters of Baptism and Jesus’ blood shed for our sins. This image of Divine Mercy can be found at both churches. One of our Lincoln parishioners donated a relic, a bone fragment, of St. Faustina. It rests in a small box at St. Joseph Church.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy, a special devotion to the risen Jesus, was also revealed to Sister Faustina in 1935. The chaplet is recited using rosary beads to repeat over and over the very simple prayers of “mercy for us and for the whole world”. The chaplet of Divine Mercy is often said at 3 PM, the hour that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins. The chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited before the Family Rosary on Thursday nights at St. Joseph Church at 7:00 PM and at 11:30 AM at First Friday Eucharistic Adoration after the rosary at St. Julia Church.
The Novena of Divine Mercy is said in preparation of the Feast of Divine Mercy, when the chaplet is recited on each of the 9 days preceding the feast day.
Parishioners are invited to participate privately in the Novena.