The elements of the Divine Mercy devotion are also known as the new forms of devotion to the Divine Mercy as given by Jesus to St. Maria Faustina. The expression “new forms” is used to signify that there have been other forms of devotion to God’s Mercy, because the Divine Mercy it has always been present in God’s plan of creation and salvation of man.
All these new forms of devotion to the Divine Mercy of God direct us to a final objective, a final end. They all are, we may say, instruments that God uses to attract us to Him, to His presence, and then, though his Graces, he invites and encourages us to deepen our understanding in the essence of the devotion and in His message as given to St. Maria Faustina which is written in her Diary.
These new forms are: 1) the Image of the Divine Mercy which Jesus himself requests to be painted by using the model of Himself as he appeared to her on February 22, 1931, 2) The Feast of Divine Mercy on the Second Sunday of Easter, 3) The Hour of Mercy – three o’clock – a time for her, and subsequently for us, to meditate His passion, 4) the prayer of the Chaplets, a powerful prayer for interceding for ourselves and the whole world, at anytime, anywhere and for any need, and 5) The propagation of the Message of Divine Mercy. All these new forms point to our last table of salvation – the tribunal of His mercy – the Sacrament of Reconciliation; trough all these elements of the devotion we immerse ourselves in God’s graces either by a moment of conversion or a process of perseverance.
For a more in depth and still brief reflection, please refer to the Book of the Month entitled “The Message of the Divine Mercy – an Actual Grace for the Conversion and Salvation of all Souls” – February 2010