Divine Mercy Program Expands
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Pope John Paul II blesses the Divine Mercy painting.
Since 1980, the Knights of Columbus has sponsored 12 yearlong Hour of Prayer programs. Framed icons usually of the Blessed Mother travel from council to council during the year as the focal point of prayer services. Over the years, these programs have been attended by more than 12 million participants in some 88,000 prayer services.
This year, the Hour of Prayer program takes Divine Mercy as its theme. In a special way, Divine Mercy was selected to honor Pope John Paul II, to whom the devotion is so important. And, as we honor the Holy Father, we also pray for him as he continues to lead the Church from the Chair of Peter.
Each jurisdiction in the Order has been supplied with several framed icons of the Divine Mercy image in order to conduct the Hour of Prayer program. For schedule information about these prayer services, please contact your state council.
Divine Mercy Hour of Prayer in Philadelphia's cathedral.
In addition to the prayer services at local councils, the Supreme Council is bringing a life-size painting of the Divine Mercy, which was blessed by the Holy Father, to the cathedrals of several archdioceses throughout the United States for a weekend of veneration.