In this hour, just ask for it to get everything for you and for others …
We know that God is merciful. Thanks to the Scripture we know that he is full of mercy when we come to him, we seek forgiveness and we ask for his grace to follow his way in our life.
However, perhaps the phrase “hour of great mercy” is less familiar.
That hour is 3:00 pm, the hour that Our Lord died on the cross for our redemption. It was three o’clock in the afternoon of a Good Friday when Jesus pronounced with his last breath: “Father, in your hands I commend my spirit”. (Luke 23,46)
Jesus granted special significance at this time in his numerous and detailed messages to Saint Faustina in the 1930s. He referred to the hour as “the hour of great mercy for the whole world.”
Through the young Polish nun, Jesus asked us to reflect on His suffering and death at 3:00 p.m. and ask for His mercy. He asks us to pray for His mercy for others, with the Way of the Cross when possible, with adoration before the Blessed Sacrament and with a simple stop in a church during the “hour of great mercy.”
“At three o’clock, pray for My mercy, especially for sinners and if only for a very brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, especially in My abandonment at the moment of My agony. This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. I will let you penetrate my mortal sadness. In this hour nothing will be denied to the soul that asks for it by the merits of My Passion “. (Diary of Saint Faustina, # 1320)
“Cuántas veces oigas el reloj dando las tres, sumérgete totalmente en Mi misericordia, adorándola y glorificándola; suplica su omnipotencia para el mundo entero y especialmente para los pobres pecadores, ya que en ese momento se abrió de par en par para cada alma. En esa hora puedes obtener todo lo que pides para ti y para los demás. En esa hora se estableció la gracia para el mundo entero: la misericordia triunfó sobre la justicia”. (Diario, #1572)
“Holy Friday. At three o’clock in the afternoon I saw the crucified Jesus who drank me and said: I am thirsty. Suddenly I saw that the same rays that are in the image came out of his side. At the same moment I felt in my soul the desire to save souls and to be devastated by poor sinners. With Jesus in agony, I offered myself to the eternal Father for the world. With Jesus and for Jesus and in Jesus I am united to You, eternal Father. ” (Daily, # 648)
“In that hour, try to pray the Way of the Cross, as soon as your duties permit; and if you can not pray the Via Crucis, at least enter the chapel for a moment and adore in the Blessed Sacrament to My Heart that is full of mercy. And if you can not enter the chapel, immerse yourself in prayer wherever you are, even for a very brief moment. ” (Daily, # 1572)
Our Lord also said to Saint Faustina:
“My child, encourage the souls to pray the crown that I have given you. (…) When they pray this crown with the dying, I will place myself between the Father and the dying soul not as the just Judge but as the merciful Savior.
[…] Whoever prays will receive great mercy at the time of death. The priests will recommend it to sinners as the ultimate lifeline. Even the most inveterate sinner, if he says this chaplet once, will receive the grace of My infinite mercy. I want the whole world to know My mercy; I wish to grant unimaginable graces to the souls that trust in My mercy.
[…] Through it you will get everything, if what you ask is in accordance with My will. ”
The crown of the Divine Mercy can be prayed at any time, of course, but it is especially recommended at 3:00 p.m.