Monday, May 6, 2019

Divine Mercy Sunday, April 28th -- Divine Mercy and the Traditional Liturgy (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

[Pre-sermon note on receiving the indulgence for Divine Mercy Sunday as well as the promise our Lord makes to those who confess and receive communion on this day]

The popular devotions of the faithful are meant to flow from the Liturgy and return to the Liturgy. Personal devotion and personal prayer finds its source and summit in the celebration of the Eucharist in Holy Mass. We see that, in this respect, the devotions of Divine Mercy bring us to the very heart of the public worship of the Church in the Sacred Triduum and through Easter Week to the Sunday Octave.

In particular, the Divine Mercy devotions are rooted in the practices of the Traditional Latin Mass and in the ancient traditions of the Church which were are most striking on Good Friday (the beginning of the Divine Mercy Novena) and the Octave Sunday (now, Divine Mercy Sunday).

Although the richest connections between the Liturgy and the Divine Mercy devotion were greatly obscured in the years following the Second Vatican Council - when the new Mass is celebrated in a traditional way, we can still see how the Divine Mercy devotions highlight was is most essential to this sacred season.

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