|Posted by michaela L. on May 7, 2010 at 9:34 PM|
It is the same Risen Christ of Easter and of the Divine Mercy devotion that waits to hear us exclaim: “Jesus, I trust in you.” One of the fastest growing devotions in modern times, the Feast of the Divine Mercy is celebrated on the second Sunday of Easter (the Sunday following) specially designated and proclaimed by Pope John Paul II when he canonized St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, known as the Apostle of Mercy and founder of the devotion, on April 30, 2000. Since then it has become almost a staple and a popular favorite among local parishes and church prayer groups. In fact my own introduction came by way of a close friend who brought me to the local parish here in St. James in La Crescenta, CA.
The Divine Mercy Prayer Group of St. Bernard Church in Los Angeles, CA (corner Eagle Rock Blvd. & Verdugo) follows in the same mold. In fitting observance of the feast day this year, the group celebrated with the prescribed 9-day novena starting Good Friday, April 11 and culminating the Sunday after with a full program. Activities started with Confession, Songs and Chaplet Prayers at 1:45 pm, followed by the 3-O’clock Prayer, Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Blessing of Divine Mercy articles and benediction, finishing up with refreshment and fellowship at the church Hall.
The latter event, according to loyal devotee Emma Pe, one of its active propagators and organizers of the Mercy Day festivities, has become a much anticipated event special to the faithful for the Divine Mercy icons and images of all kinds and sizes that are given out and awarded as raffle prizes. “It has really grown over the years from one or two prizes to a whole tableful now because of the very touching response and enthusiasm shown by the devotees for the holy images they like going home with,” says Emma.
Below are some pictures of the recent Divine Mercy Feast Day fellowship at St. Bernard Church:
Holy Icons & images of all kinds and sizes... Emma Pe announces prizes.
FUN. FELLOWSHIP & PRIZES FOR THE FAITHFUL!!!