National Shrine of The Divine Mercy
St. Jude Novena
October 19 - 27
St. Jude's Feast Day is October 28
St. Jude — the "Worker of Miracles" and "Patron of Hopeless Causes" — is invoked in desperate situations.
Yet in his New Testament letter, he exhorts the faithful to persevere despite adversity. He writes:
But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life (Jude 20, 21).
According to one popular story, St. Jude was entrusted with an image of Jesus. He delivered it to a king of Edessa, who was suffering from leprosy. The king was cured, and the king and his people became Christians.
For this reason, the saint is usually portrayed with an image of Jesus as a medallion on his chest, as well as a tongue of fire, indicating his receiving the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
Prayers for Poor Souls
November 1 - 30
November is the traditional month of intercession for the souls of the faithful departed. The Marians will be praying for the Holy Souls in solemn Evening Prayer for the Deceased on All Souls' Day, through the octave, and in their daily prayers and Holy Masses throughout the month.
Assisting the Holy Souls is one of the founding charisms of the Marians. Send the names of those you would like to have remembered, and we will place your intentions near the altar at the National Shrine throughout November.
Immaculate Conception Novena
November 29 - December 7
Feast Day: December 8
To honor Our Lady and prepare to receive the graces available on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Marians at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy are offering this Novena.
The Immaculate Conception was a frequent topic in the homilies and writings of Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski, the Founder of the Marians — and this was some two centuries before the dogma would be proclaimed by the Church. He wrote: "I believe everything that the holy Roman Church believes … but first of all I profess that the Most Holy Mother of God, Mary, was spotless from original sin, from the moment of her conception."
Blessed Stanislaus recognized that Mary's redemption was the very masterpiece of God's merciful plan for the world. Among all human beings, she alone received the benefits of salvation in Christ from the very moment of her conception — a unique privilege derived from God having chosen her as Mother of the Savior.
Christmas / Infant of Prague Novena
December 16 - 24
Feast Day: December 25