Observance of the Lenten Season at the Divine Mercy
One of the most celebrated Catholic events is the Holy Week. Many superstitions are associated with this occasion.
Holy week (Semana Santa) is observed within 40 days after its beginning on Ash Wednesday and this day falls on a different day each year.
Most Catholic patrons dedicate this week to reflect on their spirituality and commemorate the sufferings of Jesus Christ, his torturous journey to his death by crucifixion and until his miraculous resurrection.
In observance of the Lenten Season, the ornately Divine Mercy Prayer Garden in PCBH is eyed to be one of the sacred sanctuaries that worshippers can go to.
Divine Mercy-PCBH features the Station of the Cross with life-sized statues. Normally, the majority of the Roman Catholic participates in the procession of the passion of the Christ.
It is a series of 14 images that are arranged in a numbered order that shows a faithful travel from image to image.
Devotees stop at each station to offer their prayers and do some spiritual and personal reflections. This can be done individually or by groups.
The 14 Stations of the Cross
- Pilate condemns Jesus to die.
- Jesus accepts his cross.
- Jesus falls for the first time.
- Jesus meets his mother, Mary.
- Simon of Cyrene helps carry the cross.
- Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.
- Jesus falls for the second time.
- Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem.
- Jesus falls for the third time.
- Jesus is stripped off of his clothes.
- Jesus is nailed on the cross.
- Jesus died on the cross.
- Jesus is taken down from the cross.
- Jesus is placed in the tomb.
The reminder of Jesus’ sufferings and the insults that he endured through the Station of the Cross is somehow an emotional pilgrimage of the faithfuls on what he went through to show his love for mankind.
The objective of the Station of the Cross at the Divine Mercy is to help the devotees relive their faith through a spiritual journey.
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It is a depiction of Via Dolorosa, an old Jerusalem City which is believed to be the route of Jesus’ agonizingly walk on the way to his crucifixion.
You may visit the consecrated Prayer Garden and reflect during this Lenten Season especially if you are a Divine Mercy devotee.
The inspiring Prayer Garden of the Divine Mercy is formed in the midst of grandiose nature.
Here, the amicability offers the faithfuls natural elements solemnly needed for their customary “panata”.
Palayan City’s tranquil Prayer Garden prides itself with its formidable stone sculpture of the Divine Mercy and its splendor.
The Divine Mercy image of Jesus standing with his open hands and with lights radiating from his heart has a simple message: that God’s love is infinite and that His mercy is greater than our sins.
Jesus’ radiating heart further sends the message that anyone who calls upon God with trust receives His mercy and therefore it is one’s covenant to forgive and love other people and share God’s joy as well.
You may view the guideline on how to pray the Divine Mercy Prayer Chaplet on Pray More Novenas.
Jesus said to Saint Faustina based on her diary: “When you say this prayer with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give him the grace of conversion.”
By all means, include your own personal prayers. Tell the Lord what your heart desired and feared.
Many people also believed that the Divine Mercy helps them ease their emotional turbulence.
Here’s the Divine Mercy’s ABC principle based on The Diary of Saint Faustina:
- Ask for his mercy. God wants us to approach Him constantly in prayers, repenting of our sins and asking Him to put His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.
- Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.
- Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.
Saint Faustina Kowalaka is a Polish nun and mystic. In her published diary, it was reported that she had experienced apparitions of Jesus Christ who talked to her regarding the Divine Mercy devotion.
This inspired the Roman Catholic church devotion to the Divine Mercy and thus, venerated Saint Faustina as the disciple of the Divine Mercy.
Saint Faustina and Father Michal Sopoćko, who supported her, instructed an artist to paint the very first image of the Divine Mercy based on Faustina’s visions.
The first Divine Mercy painting by Kazimierowski, dated 1934.
It is then used to celebrate the first mass on the first Sunday after Easter.
The feast of the Divine Mercy was established by Pope John Paul II on that Sunday of each Liturgical year.
You can celebrate the feast in PCBH’s Prayer Garden if you do happen to be in the area.
The Divine Mercy prayer is best to implore at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. It is said that it was the time of Jesus’ death on the cross.
Do you feel troubled? Everyone is troubled with something. If you feel the need to a calming time, even if it isn’t the Holy Week, the Divine Mercy prayer is for you.
Jesus also said to Saint Faustina, “My child, know that the greatest obstacles to holiness are discouragement and exaggerated anxiety.”
To anyone who needs a solemn place to reflect and receive the Mercy of the Lord, or simply just peacefully wants to feel His presence and feel closer to him at any day, feel free to drop by at Divine Mercy Prayer Garden in Palayan City.
Have a fruitful Lenten Season, everyone!