'Divine Mercy Devotion' to be held April 27

Apr 11, 2014
The Divine Mercy image depicts Jesus Christ, his right hand raised in blessing, pointing with his left hand to his heart, from which two beams of light radiate. These signify the blood of Jesus (which is the life of souls) and the water (which justifies them), which came forth when his side was pierced by the lance after his death on the cross.

The annual special Divine Mercy devotion, sponsored by the Respect Life ministry of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Waynesville and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Canton, will take place Sunday, April 27, at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, located at 234 Church St. The service will begin at 3 p.m., which has come to be known as “the hour of great mercy” because it was at this hour the mercy of God was most fully shown and released through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross.

All members of the Christian community and other people of good will are invited to participate in this special service.

The commemoration will include a meditation on the mercy of God and the congregational praying of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. This year’s celebration is particularly significant because it will take place only hours after ceremonies in Rome’s Saint Peter’s Square which will designate as saints both “the Divine Mercy Pope” John Paul II and his predecessor John XXIII (“Good Pope John,” who convened the Second Vatican Council).

Every year, the Catholic Church throughout the world keeps the Sunday after Easter Day as Divine Mercy Sunday. Instituted by Pope John Paul II in 2000, this observance highlights the central place the mercy of God holds in the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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