Most Catholics who are familiar with The Divine Mercy Message also know of the popular The Divine Mercy Novena for Divine Mercy Sunday. But Paragraphs 32 and 33 of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska’s Diary, “Divine Mercy in My Soul,” there is also another Novena that is mentioned. It is a Novena for one’s Country.
32 Another time I heard these words, Go to the Superior and ask her to allow you to
make a daily hour of adoration for nine days. During this adoration try to unite
yourself in prayer with My Mother. Pray with all your heart in union with Mary, and
try also during this time to make the Way of the Cross. I received the permission,
though not for a full hour, but only for whatever time was left me after I had carried out my
33 I was to make this novena for the intention of my Motherland. On the seventh day of the
novena I saw, between heaven and earth, the Mother of God, clothed in a bright robe. She
was praying with Her hands folded on Her bosom, Her eyes fixed on Heaven. From Her
Heart issued forth fiery rays, some of which were turned toward Heaven while the others
were covering our country.
So, if we are to take the instructions in the Novena, we are to go to Eucharistic Adoration and make a Holy Hour for nine consecutive days, and during the Holy Hour I would suggest that praying the Rosary might be the most efficacious way of praying “with all your heart in union with Mary,” followed by saying the Stations of the Cross. I don’t think that most Adoration Chapels have the Stations in them, but a Stations of the Cross prayerbook should suffice. If all you have is time for the Rosary and the Stations, that might be fine. 😉 And do not forget to offer up your Country’s intentions. This may be good for the time prior to a national election or holiday (either a national secular holiday, or the feast day or your country’s patron saint).
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