This used to be Good Shepherd Sunday. That is now the Fourth Sunday of Easter. Today is (and has long been called) Low Sunday and also “Quasimodo Sunday", not the Hunchback of Notre Dame. It’s actually from the old Introit at Mass, which used to always be sung in Latin: "Quasi modo geniti infantes, rationabile, sine dolo lac concupiscite." As I have mentioned though a couple of times now, it is also Divine Mercy Sunday for many. Yesterday I spoke of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and I would like today to tell you a little more about it.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a Roman Catholic devotion based on the visions of Polish nun and canonized saint, Sister Mary Faustina Kowalska, whom I mentioned here yesterday. The chaplet is often said as a rosary-based prayer with the same set of rosary beads used for reciting the Holy Rosary. (Now since I am an Episcopalian, I should point out that there are two types of rosary beads and what I mean here are the standard Roman Catholic beads that some Episcopalians use, not the so called Anglican rosary beads used by others). However, the chaplet may also be said without beads at all, usually by counting prayers on the fingertips.
It can be said or sung and there are several sung versions. I mentioned that my mother prays it in front of her television. This sung version of the Chaplet, featured on the EWTN Network, was filmed live at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts - home of the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception. You can watch it by clicking HERE.
First of all, you will say The Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, and the Apostle’s Creed.
Then: On the Our Father Beads you will say the following words:
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 the Hail Mary Beads you will say the following words:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
In conclusion ThreeTimes you will recite these words:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world
A blessed Second Sunday of Easter - Low Sunday - Divine Mercy Sunday - Quasimodo Sunday to you all! Alleluia!