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Everyday Rosary Newsletter -- Get The Easter Inspiration You Need
April 01, 2010

Everyday Rosary Newsletter Vol.2, Issue #03 -- Rosary Devotees: Get The Easter Inspiration You Need

April 1, 2010

Holy Thursday

Holy Week Greetings!

The monthly Everyday Rosary Newsletter is brought to you from the website. In each issue you will find Rosary inspirations, new meditations, feature articles and ideas that support your prayer life, a calendar of upcoming Rosary Feast Days, and how to incorporate your faith in other holidays. Plus stories on how the Rosary has affected the lives of others and what people are doing to promote the Rosary. It will also keep you up-to-date on information added to the site. It is your monthly dose of Rosary inspiration!

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A Note From The Editor:

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail...But Wait!! There's more to Easter than that. This month's newsletter highlights devotion to Divine Mercy. Incorporating this more recent devotion to your Easter celebration, will greatly enhance the effects and significance of the Jesus Resurrection in your life. Easter bunnies and colored eggs are a joyous and festive way to celebrate this season, but the real meaning is in the glorious events of the first Easter Sunday, the day Our Lord conquered death and Rose from the Dead by His own Divine Power. Read on to get the Easter inspiration you need.



Pray The Rosary On Good Friday For World Peace

People are making an effort to rally Catholics to follow the example of our forebearers and unite in praying the Rosary for peace in the world and the return of moral values into our communities. If possible, please pray your Rosary between Noon and 3:00pm on Good Friday. As always this isn't just an urgent call to prayer for Catholics, but rather for all Christians.

As horrible and anti-God as Socialism and Communism may be, not to mention the centuries old threat of Islam, the true threat to Western Civilization is none other than moral corruption and a complete turning away from God. World War I sparked World War II, WWII was the catalyst for the Cold War. Korea, Vietnam and many other smaller conflicts that were fought in an effort to suppress Communism have evolved into the Gulf War and now the "War on Terror". I am not an historian and do not understand the complexities of war, but as a Catholic who is devoted to Mary, I do know that wars are nothing more than a punishment for sin. If we want to end this seemingly endless string of wars, we must stop sinning and turn back to God.

Let's do this!

Pray the Rosary on Good Friday with the intention of attaining peace in the world and the return of moral values into our communities. Help get the message out. E-mail this to every Catholic on your mailing list, and ask them to pass it along to every Catholic on their lists.

We must place our trust in Jesus, our cares in the Immaculate Heart of Mary and unite in praying the Most Holy Rosary whose power has been displayed time and time again on the day when we remember Our Lord's suffering and death on the cross for love of us, to save us from our sins and to open the gates of Heaven.

If you would like to read more about the power of the Rosary as it has been demonstrated throughout history, click here...

Unfathomable Oceans Of Divine Mercy

St. Faustina was a humble, poor, uneducated nun who was raised on a farm in Poland during WWI. Our Lord chose this humble nun to bring the message of His Divine Mercy to the world. In 1931 Jesus appeared to her in her room at the convent where she lived. According to her diary, the first request from Our Lord was to have a picture painted in the way He appeared to her. This is the famous Image of Mercy you may be familiar with.

Jesus appeared wearing a white robe. His right hand was lifted in blessing while His left hand was near His Divine Heart. The wounds of the crucifixion were visible upon each hand. Pouring forth from His heart were two rays, one pale and the other red. Under the image He wished to have the inscription, "Jesus, I trust in You!" printed. Jesus later explained to St. Faustina that the pale rays represented the water that poured forth when He was pierced. This water makes souls righteous. The red rays represented His Sacred Blood, the Blood that is the life of souls.

It was Our Lord's desire that this image be venerated throughout the world. The Image of Mercy is to serve as a reminder of Jesus' unfathomable ocean of Mercy. All Catholic homes should display this Image of Divine Mercy in a prominent place and venerate its meaning. If you would like to purchase a Divine Mercy Image, two different styles can be found in the Reference section of this newsletter.

During later revelations, Jesus requested that the Feast of Divine Mercy be celebrated each year on the Sunday after Easter. It has been celebrated on that day since the year 2000 the same year St. Faustina was canonized.

The celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday should include a solemn public veneration of the Image of Mercy and private acts of veneration as well as acts of mercy done out of love for Jesus. Jesus promised that those who go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on this day will receive complete forgiveness of sins and punishment due to those sins. This feast day is a great gift from Our Lord and from the Church who has officially sanctioned it.

The Chaplet and Novena of Divine Mercy are to be prayed using rosary beads. A day after seeing a striking visual representation of God's wrath and the Mercy granted through Jesus' suffering and death on the cross, an interior voice taught St. Faustina the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The Chaplet begins with one Our Father, one Hail Mary followed by the Apostles' Creed. On the "Pater" beads the following prayer is to be prayed:

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Thy dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
On the "Ave" beads pray the following prayer:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.
The Chaplet is concluded by praying three times this prayer:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Jesus asked St. Faustina to pray this chaplet unceasingly. He told her that it has great power to convert sinners and shower upon the world unfathomable oceans of Mercy.

The Novena of Divine Mercy is to be prayed on nine consecutive days especially beginning on Good Friday and ending on the Feast of Divine Mercy. Each day a different group of people are specifically prayed for.

Jesus also taught St. Faustina about the Hour of Mercy. The Hour of Mercy is at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. It is at this time that Our Lord died upon the cross. He told her this is the time when tremendous amounts of Mercy are showered upon those who ask for it. Jesus specifically asked, if your duties allow, that the Stations of the Cross be performed during this hour. You can ask for Mercy and favors for yourself during this time or for others. At the very least, think momentarily of the sufferings Jesus underwent for the love of you during the 3 o'clock hour.

New Meditation on the Resurrection Whose Fruit is Faith

In the Divine Mercy Image, Jesus instructed St. Faustina to have the verse, "Jesus I trust in You" inscribed near the bottom. This prayer has profound meaning and it fulfills the "C" of the ABC's of Mercy: "Completely trust in Jesus." This is obviously not a new concept to Catholicism, but Jesus nevertheless wanted to reemphasize the need for deeper faith in Him. The fruit of the Resurrection, the First Glorious Mystery is faith. The Resurrection is the cornerstone of faith in Jesus Christ. When He rose from the dead He fulfilled His promises and proved that He is indeed God.

Jesus foretold He would rise again many times during His public life. Here are two such examples from St. John's Gospel:

"I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No man taketh it away from me: but I lay it down of myself, and I have power to lay it down: and I have power to take it up again." - John 10:17-18

"Jesus answered, and said to them: Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." -John 2:19

As horrible and terrifying as the events of Good Friday may have been, the splendor and radiance of Easter Sunday sustained the faith of Jesus' followers at that time and should continue to sustain your during our time. Because Jesus loves you and is faithful to His promises, you can put your complete trust in Him.


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The Real Secret To A Meaningful Holy Week And Easter Season

Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Novena! You can print out the words that compose the Novena that are meant to accompany the Chaplet at the EWTN link below in our Important Links Section.

The different souls prayed for on each day of the novena are as follows:

  • The 1st Day - Pray for all of mankind especially sinners
  • The 2nd Day - Pray for priests and religious
  • The 3rd Day - Pray for devout souls
  • The 4th Day - Pray for non-believers and those who don't yet know Jesus
  • The 5th Day - Pray for the souls of separated brethren
  • The 6th Day - Pray for the souls of children and for the meek and humble
  • The 7th Day - Pray for the souls who especially venerate Jesus' mercy
  • The 8th Day - Pray for the poor souls in purgatory
  • The 9th Day - Pray for lukewarm souls


How To Checklist

Here Is Your Divine Mercy Sunday Checklist

  • Display the Image of Mercy in your home
  • Begin the Divine Mercy novena on Good Friday
  • Continue to pray the novena each day until Divine Mercy Sunday, the Sunday after Easter
  • If at all possible, pray this novena during the Hour of Mercy, 3:00pm
  • Perform acts of personal veneration for the Image of Divine Mercy
  • Perform acts of mercy towards others
  • Confess your sins in the Sacrament of Penance
  • Receive Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday

Calendar Of Upcoming Feast Days

Holy Thursday - April 1, 2010

This day commemorates Jesus' Last Supper and the Institution of the Holy Eucharist. It is the Fifth Luminous Mystery of the Rosary and is the first day of the Easter Triduum.

Good Friday - April 2, 2010

This day is the remembrance of Our Lord's Passion and Death, the Fifth Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary. This is the only day during the Church year in which no Mass is offered.

Holy Saturday- April 3, 2010

This day is part of the Triduum and the Easter Vigil Mass usually starts after sundown. This most fascinating day is spoken about in the Apostles' Creed when we pray, "He descended into Hell". On this day, Jesus' body is in the tomb while His soul descends into the place where the Prophets and holy people from the time before Christ lay in wait for the Coming of the Savior, the One Who will open the gates of Heaven to them.

Easter Sunday - April 4, 2010

This great Feast Day is the holiest day in the entire Church Year. It is the commemoration of the Resurrection of Our Lord, the First Glorious Mystery of the Rosary.

Divine Mercy Sunday - April 11, 2010

This Feast Day is described in detail above in the Articles Section but it is the newest, I believe, Feast Day in the Church. When a new Feast is instituted by the Church, a private revelation like the one given by Our Lord to St. Faustina is given the highest level of worthiness of believe by the Church. The Church puts great importance on the Divine Mercy message as communicated through St. Faustina.



Rosary Gift Resources

  • Divine Mercy Pewter Rosary - This pewter Divine Mercy rosary has a unique Divine Mercy center. Each bead has an image of the Divine Mercy on one side and the words: "Jesus I Trust in You" on the other. The ornate crucifix measures 2" tall and the overall length of the rosary is 21 1/2".
  • Divine Merycy Rosary Box - This wonderful little rosary box (or pill box) features an image of the Divine Mercy on the top and is made of shiny brass. Imported from Italy.
  • Divine Mercy Rosary Chaplet - This Divine Mercy Chaplet has red beads and the center medal is of Jesus as the Divine Mercy. The chaplet comes with a prayer card and instructions.

Books And Spiritual Reading

  • Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet pamphlet

  • Diary Of Saint Maria Faustina - This bestselling book that birthed the Divine Mercy devotion and the corresponding spiritual movement within the Chruch - one of the fastest growing movements in Church today. This amazing narrrative will stir your heart and soul while it chronicles the experience of a simple Polish nun - Saint Maria Faustina.

    This new, smaller paperback edition, "the compact edition" ,has the full text of St. Faustina's Diary.

  • Pope Benedicts Divine Mercy Mandate - In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI gave us "a mandate" to "go forth and be witnesses of God's mercy, a source of hope for every person and for the whole world." Discover key teachings of Pope Benedict XVI to live this clear instruction, and to help you apply these teachings, the author, Dave Came, provides personal examples and summaries of the Pope's main points. The final chapter reveals how Pope Benedict is living the mandate himself as our Mercy Pope, building on the legacy of his beloved predecessor Pope John Paul II.


  • New Traditional Chaplet of the Divine Mercy CD - Millions of Catholics now recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which Jesus taught to St. Faustina. Jesus said, "Even the the most hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from my Infinite Mercy." Filmed at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA, this program features the Flynn family chanting in the traditional style. Currently airs Monday-Friday 3PM EST. 20 min.

  • Rosary And The Divine Mercy Chaplet - The best-selling Still Waters album, with recited versions of the Rosary, including the Luminous Mysteries and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The Chaplet includes powerful meditations on the Passion from St. Faustina's diary.

    Fr. Dan Papineau, M.J.C. Rector, Nation Shrine of The Divine Mercy and Still Water.


  • New Traditional Chaplet of the Divine Mercy DVD - Millions of Catholics now recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which Jesus taught to St. Faustina. Jesus said, "Even the the most hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from my Infinite Mercy." Filmed at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA, this program features the Flynn family chanting in the traditional style. Currently airs Monday-Friday 3PM EST. 20 min.

  • The Divine Mercy Chaplet For Kids DVD - Today--more than ever before--our kids are bombarded by an endless array of frivolous distractions which blunt their sense of the spiritual. They need the anchor of Jesus' Mercy to hold them fast. Engagingly animated, this program features St. Faustina teaching her young friends Kristin, Enrique and others about the Divine Mercy Devotion and how to pray the Chaplet. Covering such topics as the origins of the Divine Mercy image, the importance of the Sacrament of Confession, and much more. 1 DVD disc. 15 mins. English and Spanish audio.


  • Divine Mercy Plaque - This beautiful image of The Divine Mercy is on wood with hand applied gold leaf accents. It measures 7 in. x 5 3/4 in. and is made in Italy.

  • Divine Mercy Original Vilnius Image - This image of the Divine Mercy of Our Lord is the original Vilnius image, the only image painted under St. Faustina's direction - this was done from January through June of 1934. This framed print measures 11 in. by 14 in. and is made in the U.S.A.

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There is now an "Ask A Rosary Question" Section at These two questions were taken from those pages.

What are some of the most fundamental devotions of Catholicism?

Some fundamental Catholic devotions are the Rosary, devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the most recent of devotions, devotion to the Divine Mercy.

In this answer, I will try to highlight some of the practices of these popular devotions. There are many other devotions Catholics hold dear. I encourage other visitors to post a comment to this answer telling about their favorite devotion or elaborating on the ones I am explaining here.

This site is dedicated to the Rosary an ancient Catholic devotion. Devotion to the daily recitation of the Rosary will increase your love for Jesus and bring much peace to your life.

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary has a long history and has been promulgated by many saints whom Mary and Jesus both appeared to requesting this devotion. Some of the practices that go along with this devotion are daily recitation of the Rosary, wearing the Brown Scapular, making a daily Morning Offering, making five first Saturdays of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart. The five first Saturdays of Reparation consist of going to Confession, receiving Communion, praying the Rosary and "keeping her company" for 15 minutes while meditating on all of the Mysteries of the Rosary.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus began when Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary asking her to spread this devotion. This devotion consists of consecrating yourself to the Sacred Heart by acknowledging Jesus as the Creator, Redeemer and recognizing His Kingship. You must repent and faithfully serve Him. Besides repenting for your own sins, you must make reparation for the sins against His Sacred Heart committed by the whole world. This devotion has specific practices which include receiving Communion often, attending Mass, receiving Communion and going to Confession on the nine consecutive first Fridays of the month, attending one hour of Eucharistic Adoration each Thursday, and by celebrating the feast of the Sacred Heart.

Jesus appeared to St. Faustina and asked her to spread devotion to His Divine Mercy. This devotion includes the recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet to be prayed using rosary beads, celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday on the Sunday following Easter, and by displaying the Divine Mercy image in a prominent place in your home. The ABC's of Divine Mercy are: "Ask for Mercy, Be merciful to others, Completely trust in Jesus' Mercy".

This is just a highlight of some of the most popular devotions practiced by Catholics. I hope others contribute to this page and tell us about their favorite devotions.

I am wondering why we use Hail Mary for the ten beads?

The Hail Mary prayer, as opposed to let's say the Our Father is prayed ten times each decade primarily because this is the tradition passed on to us from St. Dominic.

The Rosary prayer was revealed by the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Dominic. The religious order founded by St. Dominic, the Dominicans, were the original promoters of the Rosary and handed this prayer down to us in its present form.

This first point set aside, a secondary answer to your question is that it is most appropriate to repeat the Hail Mary ten times each decade while meditating on the mystery because the Rosary is a prayer honoring Mary, the Mother of God. While praying it you are asking her for her intercession and to send you graces that were merited by Jesus' death on the Cross. When praying the Rosary you are joining her while meditating on the events in her Son Jesus' life.

It is also good to note that the repetition of a particular prayer really isn't the key to the Rosary. Rather it is the union of both vocal and mental prayer.

Please visitAsk A Rosary Question Section - Where you are encouraged to answer questions and add comments to questions that have been posted there.


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To Jesus through Mary,

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