BRIDGEPORT— Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate The Divine Mercy Mass on Sunday, April 28, 2:30 pm at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport. It is open to all throughout the diocese.
The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed at 3:30 pm following Mass with an outside reception to follow (weather permitting).
For the third consecutive year the diocesan Divine Mercy liturgy is being held during the regularly scheduled Mass for the Vietnamese community. The Bishop will concelebrate the Mass with Father Augustine Nguyen, episcopal vicar for Vietnamese.
Responses and hymns will be sung in Vietnamese, English and Latin.
“We who celebrate the gift of God’s Divine Mercy are asked to give it back to the world,” the Bishop said at last year’s Divine Mercy Mass. “We must be agents of his Mercy to the world that is dead and needs hope. They must find it in us.”
There will also be a special continuing celebration of the Divine Mercy feast and devotion in the on Sunday April 28 at St. Theresa Church, 5301 Main St., in Trumbull. Devotions begin at 2:00 p.m. with Holy Mass, followed at 3:00 p.m. with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy before the Blessed Sacrament. This hour of great mercy will include veneration of The Divine Mercy image, and veneration of a relic of St. Faustina. All are welcome to celebrate the feast for graces beyond measure.
How To Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls,
and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.
O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy,
envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
(Repeat 3 times) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!
Our Father, Hail Mary and the Apostle’s Creed
For each of the five decades (On each “Our Father” bead of the rosary, pray)
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
(On each of the 10 “Hail Mary” beads, pray)
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Concluding prayer (Repeat 3 times)
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.