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What is the Novena for the Divine Mercy devotion?

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The Divine Mercy is a Christian devotion celebrating belief in the mercy of God. Christians may recite the Divine Mercy as part of a novena, a nine-day series of public or private prayer, from Good Friday to Divine Mercy Sunday.

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Saint Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun, wrote the Divine Mercy devotion in the 1930s after a series of apparitions and visions of Jesus. She reported that Jesus dictated the words of the devotion and its intended recipients in hopes of spreading word of the mercy of God. The main aims of the devotion are requesting the mercy of God, trusting in the mercy of Jesus Christ and showing this mercy to others.

Catholics and the Anglican Communion follow and celebrate the Divine Mercy devotion. It is not part of the official liturgy but is a popular practice and recognized by the Catholic Church. Practitioners of the devotion recite its words once a day at 3 p.m. over nine successive days beginning on Good Friday. Each day of the novena is intended to reach specific souls, beginning with all humankind and then moving to priests, those who do not believe in Jesus, those who have left the church, those in purgatory and others.

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