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Day 5 of the Divine Mercy Novena

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In the Diary of St. Faustina, Jesus asked that the Feast of Divine Mercy, known today as Divine Mercy Sunday, be preceded by a Novena to The Divine Mercy. A Novena is nine days of prayer in preparation for a feast. In the case of the Novena to Divine Mercy, we pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy each day for a specific intention. Those intentions are: all mankind, especially sinners; the souls of priests and religious; all devout and faithful souls; those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know Jesus; the souls who have separated themselves from the Church; the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children; the souls who especially venerate and glorify His mercy; the souls detained in purgatory; and souls who have become lukewarm.

Our Lord told St. Faustina, "I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw ... strength and refreshment and whatever grace they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death" (Diary, 1209).

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Fifth Day:
Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAVE SEPARATED THEMSELVES FROM MY CHURCH,* and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church, My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion.


Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son's Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

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If you have missed a day of the novena, don't be discouraged. Read Dr. Robert Stackpole's column, "What If I Miss a Day of the Novena?"

To catch up with previous days, view our novena page.

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Pam - Apr 7, 2015

Praying especially for my husband and daughters today, who have turned away from the Church. Jesus, open their hearts!

A New Catholic - Apr 7, 2015

Please add my ex Kent, to your prayers. He has rejected his childhood faith. It is a primary reason for our break-up. Divine Mercy, please soften his heart and help him find his way back to you and to true peace and happiness. Amen

Mother - Apr 7, 2015

Praying that my girls will return to God.

Jesus I trust in you - Apr 7, 2015

For my son in law who might be having an affair outside his marriage to my daughter. Please turn things around Dear Jesus. Help them to return to the church. Bring Bill back to you God.

Michael - Apr 7, 2015

I think prayers for those who have been driven away from the Church are in order, too. Misconduct on the part of Church officials has scandalized many ex-Catholics. Such scandal ought not be dismissed or trivialized.

Monica - Apr 7, 2015

Pray for my children to return to the church.

Bunso - Apr 7, 2015

Pray for my sister who is a covert of Banal na Pagaaral

Mary Ann - Apr 7, 2015

For my children and grandchildren to be protected spitually and that they hear the promptings of The Holy Spirit nudging them to return to the gifts of the sacraments. Please provide me with Your mercy and graces needed to persevere. In Your time.

Ana - Apr 7, 2015

Praying for husband's health, for my sister Sandra to seek the Mercy of our Lord.

Mother - Apr 7, 2015

I pray for my sons that they will return to God together with their families

Your Faithful Servant - Apr 7, 2015

I pray for Divine Mercy for those of my family who have walked away from our precious gift of faith that they may return to the One True Savior.

fatima - Apr 7, 2015

pls pray for may husband,to repent he enjoyed his earthly life,lord jesus i trust in u...

Nell Phipps - Apr 7, 2015

please pray for my grandson Jay he is young and turned away from the church

Mary - Apr 7, 2015

For my husband, to make the right decision. Amen

melody berris - Apr 7, 2015

For my husband, Ericson, who is into drug using and pushing, living in with a drug dealer mistress, gambler, jobless mama's boy, may he find God and return to God...

melody berris - Apr 7, 2015

For Edna Joya, my mother in law, may she also find God because she tolerates the evil doings of her son and mistress. May she turn to God and stop being a mistress herself.

Doris - Apr 8, 2015

Prayers for my family that have left the Catholic church. that they return home soon. Jesus pray for them.

Lily - Apr 8, 2015

For my daughter and her family who have stopped attending Mass.

Jane - Apr 8, 2015

Praying that my girls will return to the Divine Mercy of confession

fumnanya - Apr 8, 2015

Jesus,I trust in you.
Merciful jesus,pls save d soul of Anthony bishop obot,heal him nd turn him to you

Jerry - Apr 8, 2015

Praying for my family. Bring the children back to going to Mass again.

Virg - Apr 8, 2015

Please take Jason my son under under your personal care and save him from his addiction but most of all Lord please help him find you through your Divine mercy!

Jewel - Apr 8, 2015

Please include my ex husband, and my daughter in your loving prayers

Fredrico Garcia - Apr 8, 2015

Please pray for my husband that over comes all his illness

peggy - Mar 29, 2016

pray for our children who do not believe and have moved away from church and also for our relatives who blasheme the passion of Jesus.

stella - Mar 29, 2016

praying for a life partner. believing my miracle will be given to me through this novena of the Divine Mercy

Carole - Mar 29, 2016

For my husband's health, for my son who is trying so hard to do the right thing, that he does not lose his Faith in God,my son's struggling marriage;, my daughter's RN in order to leave an immoral life style.

Mom - Mar 29, 2016

Praying for healing for my sons, and asking Divine Mercy to cure them of their ailments. Jesus, I place this in your merciful hands. I trust in You.

Des - Mar 29, 2016

I pray that my son may pass his exam..and may he reconcile with the church and restore the faith that once he had..

malou - Mar 29, 2016

praying for my health, and the health of my husband. in Jesus name. Amen

Ndella cirrea - Mar 29, 2016

God u know us more than our parents may we continued to come closer to u and search for more of our faith we pray for all who have left u and your Church in your name we pray Amen.

Debbie - Mar 29, 2016

Praying for my children to come back to Our Lord and His Holy Church. And that Daisy will come back home safe.

Donna - Mar 29, 2016

For my daughter and her two I baptized children; my son, his unbaptized girlfriend and their unbaptized daughter; for my elderly father who in his youth lived minutes from Eden Hill in Stockbridge, but who grew up disillusioned with his Catholic faith and never practiced it in belief or fullness; may their all return to the Church and Sacraments. May I be granted the grace to see this come to fruition in my lifetime, be it God's Holy Will. Jesus, with the intercession of holy St. Faustina, I place my trust in You.

Divine Mercy,in my soul - Mar 29, 2016

Jesus show me ur mercy that my husband may truly understand what marriage is all about. May he stand his ground against his mother's manipulations. Give us the grace to build our own house.Through this feast of mercy touch every aspect of our lives,union and projects. Amen

Donna - Mar 29, 2016

For my daughter and her two I baptized children; my son, his unbaptized girlfriend and their unbaptized daughter; for my elderly father who in his youth lived minutes from Eden Hill in Stockbridge, but who grew up disillusioned with his Catholic faith and never practiced it in belief or fullness; may they all return to the Church and Sacraments. May I be granted the grace to see this come to fruition in my lifetime, be it God's Holy Will. Jesus, with the intercession of holy St. Faustina, I place my trust in You.

LeLA - Mar 29, 2016

Praying that my children's and husband's faith in Your mercy and love be strengthened.

Spirit - Mar 29, 2016

Prayers that my children return to the church & they in turn bring their children.

Ginger - Mar 29, 2016

Please pray for my daughter Michelle and her husband and children that they turn away from atheism. She was brought up in a Catholic Charismatic church, school and home.

CHRIS - Mar 29, 2016

Praying for those who no longer believe that God exist because of long suffering and answer to prayers seems delayed. may the Divine Mercy mitigate the agony of their sorrows and bring them back to himself

Alex Philips - Mar 29, 2016

Please pray my father who has been going away from the GOD .
Always he drinking and fighting with my mother and saying bad things to her , and not attending prayers held at home nor doing confessions at church , and saying bad to the father's...
Please pray .....
My father name is - BK Philips

Alicia - Mar 29, 2016

Please pray for my daughter that she come to understand the meaning of attending Sunday mass.

susan - Mar 29, 2016

I pray for peace ib the world and for love amongst mankind.as for healing i know your mercy conquers all.AMEN

Mother - Mar 29, 2016

For my daughter and her boyfriend. For my sons to receive Holy Communion and husband's reversion.

Elena - Mar 29, 2016

I pray for all members of my family and extended family who have distanced themselves from our Holy Church that they may return very soon! Jesus, I trust in You!

Fay - Mar 29, 2016

Please touch the hearts of my family to conversion. Divine Mercy, pouring forth from the heart of Jesus I trust in you.

Vel - Mar 29, 2016

Divine Mercy please run to the rescue of Steven's depression along with his family, sister Della with husband Philip. Lord, we don't need to roam around, everything is in your hands, you're the storekeeper of all the desires of our hearts. Jesus I trust in you!

Htide - Mar 29, 2016

Please help me pray for my husband to open up his heart to the Lord, that his hatred and anger and grudges that is kept in his heart will be vanished and be replaced with His undying love and forgiveness, understanding, considerate and have more patience in his life. And also that the cyst that is in my daughter's ovary will be healed. . . And for peace in every family and all the family in the whole world. . . Thank you so much LORD. . .

Rich - Mar 29, 2016

Pray that my Brothers, my family members, friends, neighbor's and co-workers that have strayed and separated themselves from the Church are called back. They are like lost sheep. Round them up Jesus! Use me to help you save souls! Here I am Lord!

Trisha - Mar 29, 2016

Praying for my daughters and son and grandsons, who have turned from the Church. Jesus, open their hearts and bring them back to you. Please forgive me for anything I did to cause the rift and show me what you want me to do, if anything, to repair it.

Magdalena loves God - Mar 29, 2016

Pray for hearts of pornstars to love God in cleanliness

Pure body

Thankful - Mar 30, 2016

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Father...Son....Holy Spirit for the gifts that you have given to all of the people of this world. The gift of the Mass...Your gift of the Resurrection ...the most generous of Divine Mercy...Thank You cannot be said enough.

Leonor - Mar 30, 2016

Pray that some of my relatives return to the catholic faith.

Ai - Mar 30, 2016

For my husband that he will go back in attending mass in sundays and all holy days of obligation.

Amanda - Mar 30, 2016

Please pray for my children, Kayla and Ashleigh, who have stopped going to church and rejected the faith in God. Thank you for your prayers!

Wife - Mar 30, 2016

Please pray for my husband, Joshua, who stopped going to church with me on Sundays.

John - Mar 30, 2016

For my wife and my brothers who need to return back to the Church and Christ.

Phil - Mar 30, 2016

Requesting prayers for my estranged wfe and our two daughters who are separated from God, and so many of my brothers, sister, and their families separated from Church and God.
Lifting up all intentions here in unity of spirit.

ABG - Mar 30, 2016

Praying for my husband who has lost faith in God
Lost his job last summer and is struggling to remember what is it really important, he started drinking and has abandoned our girls, me and God
Devine Mercy please help him find his way. Amen

Myla - Apr 1, 2016

For husband who is in the mids of spiritual confusion. May he be enlightened that the foundation of our faith is through the Nicene Creed & the Holy Trinity. Amen.

head of family - Apr 10, 2016

my family needs prayers to relieve the oppression of hatred, discord, extreme poverty, bitterness, chronic unemployment, bad choices in spouses etc, as the head of family, the burden on me is very heavy, please God, lighten my yoke