Church of Divine Mercy’s Calendar

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Stained Glass of the Divine Mercy

This stained glass can be found at The Church of Divine Mercy in Pasir Ris, Singapore.

Our Lord, when asked what the two rays meant said; The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood, which is the life of souls…Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter.

By venerating the image of the Divine Mercy, Jesus promised, through St. Faustina:

  • “These rays shield souls from the wrath of My Father. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him”. (Diary 299)
  • I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory (Diary, 47, 48).
  • I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You (Dairy 327).
  • By means of this Image I shall be granting many graces to souls; so let every soul have access to it. (Diary 570).
  • By means of this Image I shall grant many graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works. (Diary 724).

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MAR

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MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

JANUARY – Month of The Holy Name of Jesus

The month of January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus and is celebrated on January 3rd. Numerous episodes in the New Testament highlight the power of invoking the Holy Name. For instance, in Mark 9:38-39, demons were expelled by the power of Jesus’ name. Many Christians believe that, as depicted in Acts 16:18, invoking the name of Jesus provides protection by repelling evil.

Photo credited to Jorisvo

Stained Glass of ‘Saint Livinus’ 

This stained glass can be found at the Cathedral of Saint Bavo in Ghent, Flanders, Belgium.

The stained glass depicts an exorcism performed by Saint Livinus. Saint Livinus was a martyred Irish bishop ordained by St. Augustine of Canterbury, England. He was the son of a Scottish noble and an Irish princess. Livinus and three companions visited Flanders, Belgium, where they evangelized the area. He was martyred near Clost, in Brabant.

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Stained Glass of ‘The Eucharist’

This stained glass can be found at the Sacred Heart Monastery in Kensington, Sydney, New South Wales.

The ancient IHS symbol permeates Christian art all over the world. Dating all the way back to the third century, Christians shortened the name of Jesus by only writing the first three letters of his name in Greek, ΙΗΣ (from his full name ΙΗΣΟΥΣ). The Greek letter Σ (sigma) is written in the Latin alphabet as an “S,” resulting in the monogram being commonly represented as ΙΗS.

In the early centuries of the Church, it was a secret symbol, often etched on tombs of Christians. Then, in the 15th century, Saint Bernadine of Siena went on a preaching campaign to promote reverence to the Holy Name of Jesus and encouraged Christians to put his on the doorways of their homes. A century later, in 1541, St. Ignatius adopted the monogram to represent his newly founded order, the Society of Jesus.

FEBRUARY – Month of The Holy Family

The Holy Family models for us what family life should exemplify. It is a school of virtue for both parents and children. There, we find God and learn how to connect with God and others. The family is where love is freely given without self-interest. It is where we learn to love, pray, and practice the gift of charity.

Photo credited to Sharon Mollerus

Stained Glass of ‘The Nativity’

This stained glass can be found at the Cathedral of St. Paul, Minnesota

The Holy Family, with the representation of the infant Jesus and his immediate family, grew out from the theme of the Nativity in Western Europe from around the 14th through the 17th century. It is of particular importance in Catholic art as it illustrates the concept of the “terrestrial trinity,” which held that Joseph, Jesus, and Mary were an earthly reflection of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Photo credited to Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P.

Stained Glass of ‘The Holy Family in Nazareth’

This stained glass can be found at the Cathedral of St. Paul, Minnesota

Little is known about Jesus’s youth except that he was separated from his parents when he was 12. After finding him at the temple, Luke’s gospel mentions he went back to Nazareth with his parents and obeyed them.

God’s love is mediated to us through the love of our families, in the messiness and ordinariness of family life.

MARCH – Month of Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph was the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus. He was prudent in caring for his wife and child, showing great leadership in protecting and assisting them. He protected and defended Mary’s virtue in the time of courtship and all during their life together. Saint Joseph was religious in every sense proper to the saints of God. Holy Scripture proclaims him as a “just man,” and the Church has turned to Joseph for his patronage and protection.

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Stained Glass of ‘St. Joseph with Young Jesus’

This stained glass can be found at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, Trails Parkway, Garland, Texas.

The Church has not prescribed a definitive age to Joseph. His age at the time of his marriage to the Virgin Mary is unknown. Some traditions suggest that he was a young man because, as Mother Angelica says, “Old men don’t walk to Egypt,” while others suggest he was older as he died before Jesus’s public ministry. He is often shown with a boy or a baby Jesus, carrying carpentry tools as a symbol of his trade or carrying lilies, which signify his purity.

Joseph was commanded by the angel to personally name the child. This is deeply significant. It means that Joseph, in naming the child, acknowledges him as his own son and thus became the legal father of the child according to Semitic law. As a result of this legal adoption, Joseph’s ancestry as a descendent of David also transfers to his legal son and heir the promises made to David, Joseph’s ancestor.

APRIL – Month of Holy Spirit

To believe in the Holy Spirit is to profess that the Holy Spirit is one of the persons of the Holy Trinity, consubstantial with the Father and the Son: “With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.” The more we allow ourselves to be drawn and guided by the Holy Spirit, the closer we shall come to Jesus and His mysteries and graces. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are supernatural virtues of faith, hope, charity, justice, fortitude, temperance, and wisdom.

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Stained Glass of ‘Throne Bernini Holy Spirit Dove’

This stained glass can be found at Saint Peter’s Basilica Vatican Rome, Italy.

Photo credited to Andreas Franz Borchert

Stained Glass of ‘Pentecost’

This stained glass can be found at The Church of the Assumption in Our Lady’s Island, Ireland.

Jesus told his Apostles many things about the Holy Spirit; one such telling was: “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth.” (Jn 14:16-17) This promise was fulfilled at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came, like tongues of fire, baptizing the believers into Christ and giving them the power to be His witnesses. The Holy Spirit’s presence with the Apostles, disciples, and the entire Church throughout the centuries has always meant to be a comfort, a consolation, a leader, and a guide to us.

MAY – Month of The Blessed Virgin

May is traditionally dedicated to honoring and seeking the intercession of Mary. As the Mother of God, Mary has a unique position among the saints, indeed, among all creatures. She is exalted, yet still one of us. As Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI reflected, “Outstanding among the saints is Mary, Mother of the Lord and mirror of all holiness. Mary’s greatness consists in the fact that she wants to magnify God, not herself. She is lowly: her only desire is to be the handmaid of the Lord.”

Photo credited to Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P.

Stained Glass of ‘Our Lady of the Annunciation’

This stained glass can be found at St Catharine’s Convent of Mercy in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Angels, by their nature, are above humans, yet the angel Gabriel shows great respect to Mary: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” Jesus did not have to take on our nature to save us, neither did He have to cooperate with a humble Jewish woman in Nazareth. He chose both. Mary is the willing instrument of God. Without her approval to bear Jesus in her womb, there is no telling what the state of our salvation would be. God willed to entrust His plan of salvation into the hands of a woman. This is also our role whenever we are open to God’s will. God does not need us, but He lets us work with Him. With the Annunciation, we see the great things that God can bring when we cooperate with Him.

JUNE – Month of the Sacred Heart

June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart. Understood in the light of the Scriptures, the term “Sacred Heart of Jesus” denotes the entire mystery of Christ, the totality of His being, and His Person considered in its most intimate essential: Son of God, uncreated Wisdom; infinite charity, principal of the salvation and sanctification of mankind. While the exact term “Sacred Heart of Jesus” is not found anywhere in scripture, the concept of Jesus’ Heart, poured out for all humanity, is present in the New Testament, especially in the Gospel of John.

Photo credited to Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P.

Stained Glass of ‘St Margaret Mary Alacoque’

This stained glass can be found at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, Kentucky.

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque was afflicted with rheumatic fever, becoming confined to her bed at an early age. When she was 15 years old, she had a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary and was miraculously healed. From the age of 20 onwards, she received numerous visions and revelations from Jesus Christ and was taught about the observance of the Nine First Fridays, Holy Hour, and that the Feast of the Sacred Heart was to be started in the Church. Saint Margaret Mary’s visions were declared to be genuine by Claude La Colombiere, the confessor of the Visitation convent at the time, and the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was formally recognized and approved by Pope Clement XIII in 1765, seventy-five years after her the death.

JULY – Month of the Most Precious Blood

July is dedicated to the devotion to Jesus in His most Precious Blood. The blood of Christ is precious, unblemished, and spotless. It is the blood of the only Son of the Father, the Incarnate Word. It is the blood of the new and eternal covenant. The blood that was spilled to the ground flowed at the scourging and dripped from his crown of thorns. Christ’s blood was shed on the cross, the price of our pardon and redemption. It is his blood that washes away our sins.

Photo credited to Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P.

Stained Glass of ‘The Crucified One’

This stained glass can be found at the Sainte Chapelle of Paris.

Photo credited to Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P.

Stained Glass of ‘Precious Blood of Jesus’

This stained glass can be found at St Kilian’s church in Heilbronn.

Devotion to the Precious Blood is not a spiritual option. It is a spiritual obligation. While the feast of the Precious Blood of Our Lord was instituted in 1849 by Pius IX, the devotion to the Precious Blood goes back to the very foundations of Christianity. In about A.D. 96, Pope St. Clement I called upon the faithful, saying, “Let us fix our gaze on the Blood of Christ and realize how truly precious It is, seeing that it was poured out for our salvation and brought the grace of conversion to the whole world.

In their writings, the early Fathers tell us that the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ and that the sacraments were brought forth through his blood.

AUGUST – Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Her physical heart is venerated because it is united to her person and is the seat of her love (for her divine Son), virtue, and inner life. Such devotion is an incentive to a similar love and virtue. In the visions given to Lucy Dos Santos at Fatima, Our Lady asked for the devotion of the Five First Saturdays to help make amends for the offenses of blasphemies and ingratitude committed against her heart.

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Stained Glass of ‘The Immaculate Heart of Mary’

This stained glass can be found in the Blessed Sacrament chapel at Mount Angel Abbey.

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary means to recall the emotions of joy and sadness that Mary experienced in her own life. When you look at the image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, you see a burning heart surrounded by a crown of thorns and pierced with a sword. The Immaculate Heart of Mary shows us that despite the sufferings of Jesus (crown of thorns), he loves all of us, regardless of our sins, and spilled his blood (the sword) in the hope that we would join him in heaven. It is for this reason that despite the trials and sufferings of Jesus, Mary’s heart still burns with love and devotion.

SEPTEMBER – Month of Our Lady of Sorrows

The month of September is dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Mary, in a unique way, willingly suffered alongside her Divine Son as he gave his life to save the world, and she felt the bitterness of his passion as only a mother can. By uniting ourselves with both the Passion of Christ and his holy mother, we enter into Jesus’s heart and honor him greatly. We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor his Mother.

Photo credited to Steven Lepak

Stained Glass of ‘The Entombment of Christ’

This stained glass can be found at St. John the Evangelist Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA.

Photo credited to Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P.

Stained Glass of ‘Seven Sorrows of Our Lady’

This stained glass can be found at St Machar’s Cathedral in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The heart of Mary is pierced by seven swords. The Sorrows of the Blessed Mother, portrayed in the picture above, are: the prophesy of Simeon, the flight into Egypt, the losing of the Child Jesus, the meeting on the way of the Cross, the Crucifixion, the deposition, and the burial of Jesus. May Our Blessed Mother pray for us, and especially for all mothers suffering the loss of their children.

OCTOBER – Month of the Most Holy Rosary

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. The Rosary is Christocentric, reflecting on the entire life of Jesus Christ, his passion, death, and resurrection. The rosary also honors and contemplates Mary, the mission she received from God, and her closely linked life with the mysteries of Jesus Christ. Meditation on the Mysteries makes the rosary not only a summary of the Gospel but also a compendium for a Christian life.

Photo credited to Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P.

Stained Glass of ‘Our Lady of Lourdes’

This stained glass can be found at the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Llandudno, UK.

In 1858, the Immaculate Virgin Mary appeared to 13-year-old Bernadette Soubirous near Lourdes in France, in the cavern called “de Massabielle.” Describing her vision, Bernadette said, “She has the appearance of a young girl of sixteen or seventeen. She is dressed in a white robe, girdled at the waist with a blue ribbon that flows down all around it. A yoke closes it in graceful pleats at the base of the neck. The sleeves are long and tight-fitting. She wears upon her head a veil which is also white. This veil gives just a glimpse of her hair and then falls down at the back below her waist. Her feet are bare but covered by the last folds of her robe except at the point where a yellow rose shines upon each of them. She holds on her right arm a rosary of white beads with a chain of gold shining like the two roses on her feet.”

Photo credited to Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P.

Stained Glass of ‘Infant Jesus with Rosary’

This stained glass can be found at the Sacre-Coeur Parish Church of Lourdes, France.

Perhaps too, there are some who fear that the Rosary is somehow un-ecumenical because of its distinctly Marian character. Yet the Rosary clearly belongs to the kind of veneration of the Mother of God described by the Council: a devotion directed to the Christological center of the Christian faith, in such a way that ‘when the Mother is honored, the Son … is duly known, loved and glorified.’ If properly revitalized, the Rosary is an aid and certainly not a hindrance to ecumenism!” – Pope John Paul II.

NOVEMBER – Month of the Souls in Purgatory

In November, the Church commemorates all her children who have departed from this life but have not yet attained the joys of heaven. St. Paul warns us that we must not be ignorant concerning the sorrowful or dead as he states, “Even as others who have no hope … For the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven … and the dead who are in Christ shall rise.

The Church has faithfully guarded the words of the Old Testament, teaching that it is wholesome and holy to pray for the dead so they may be loosed from their sins.

Photo credited to Albert & Danielle

Stained Glass of ‘The Final Judgment’

This stained glass can be found at the Sacred Heart church in Moulins, France.

CCC 1030
All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. “The way we live our lives is not immaterial, but our defilement does not stain us forever if we have at least continued to reach out towards Christ, towards truth and towards love. Indeed, it has already been burned away through Christ’s Passion. At the moment of judgement, we experience and we absorb the overwhelming power of his love over all the evil in the world and in ourselves. The pain of love becomes our salvation and our joy.” (Spe Salvi, 47)

Those of us who desire God are granted this final grace, not because we deserve it, but because God is so loving and merciful that He is willing to give us one last chance for purification even after death. “He is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Pet 3:9)

DECEMBER – Month of the Divine Infancy

December, the month of Divine Infancy, celebrates the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ. The pairing of words in this title is a reflection of the mystery of Jesus’ nature. We each are one person with one nature. However, Jesus is one person with two natures. He is fully God and fully man. Jesus’ incarnation is one of the most important moments in history, and its memorial is prepared for in the liturgical season of Advent, a four-week anticipation of his first coming and preparation for his second.

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Stained Glass of ‘Nativity’

This stained glass can be found at the Winchester Cathedral in the city of Winchester, England.

This scene is of the birth of Christ, with Mary and Joseph gathered around the child, watched over by a host of angels.

In Luke’s Gospel, an angel told the shepherds that they would find their newborn Messiah and Lord “lying in a manger” (Lk 2:12). “They went in haste and found the child in the feeding trough and they feasted their eyes on him.” (Lk 2:16)

Jesus was not laid in a manger by accident. It is a major spiritual symbol. Animals go to the manger for physical food. The infant in the feeding trough is “the Bread of Life” (Jn 6:35) “The true bread come down from heaven, and whoever eats this bread will live forever.” (Jn 6:51)

Photo credited to Simon Knott

Stained Glass of ‘Madonna & Child’

This stained glass can be found at St Mary the Virgin, Edwardstone, Suffolk.

The Madonna and the Child artwork “Invites us to reflect on the nature of Christ’s love for us all. Christ, being God Himself as part of the Holy Spirit, is pure. The image of baby Jesus seen in “Madonna and the Child” invokes the purity of a child’s love:” selfless, innocent and bearing no prejudice.

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