Please take a moment to read Father Drew’s request for water bottles & Gatorade for one of our parish outreach programs–UGM. We are looking for you to bring water or Gatorade to the parish office to add to the bag lunches UGM is providing. If you can be generous and help us, we would appreciate it so much! God bless!
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:00 – 3:30
CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY
PERFORMED IN OLD ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL
This past June, I was invited to play at the Young Adult Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral by the Archdiocese of New York. For the prayer time before Mass, I was asked to sing the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The Divine Mercy Chaplet is a prayer that developed out of the spiritual life of Sister Faustina, a Roman Catholic nun born in 1905 in Glogowiec, Poland.
The Divine Mercy Chaplet is an appeal to the mercy of God in light of the Cross of Jesus Christ. Such an appeal is never out of style or irrelevant. More than ever, it is a powerful prayer for the church to implore and invoke the mercy of God for a world that desperately needs it.
While walking from my hotel to the Cathedral, this melody appeared in my head and on my heart. The first time I sang it out loud was in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I had the privilege of recording it a few months later with other musicians at the Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. This is that recording. I hope this blesses you and may the mercy of God be with you.
During a normal Holy Thursday, the priest processes out with the Eucharist to the Altar of Repose. For years, St. John’s has sung this most beautiful song to accompany Our Lord to this altar.
(Give Father Drew a few minutes to vest for Mass!)
If you are interested in receiving palms this year we will have them available for you. Please do not feel like you NEED to have them this year. I don’t want anyone who is elderly, frail or concerned about the corona virus to feel like they need to come to Church to receive palms.
But if you’d like them the Church will be open during business hours (see schedule on website), & you can pick up a blessed palm. Take a few! We will have them available throughout all of Holy Week. Please be considerate and use the hand sanitizers we will have available nearby, and distance yourself from anyone else who may be picking things up as well.
In addition, I will also have some small blessed crosses I brought back from my trip to the Holy Land last year for you to take if you’d like! There will likely be a few other things on the table as well. So come on by and load up a little “care package” from us.
We miss you and hope you are well. Follow us this week and look for updates on our Holy Week schedule! —Father Drew Braun