Kinh Sáng Soi (Vietnamese version)
Cúi xin Chúa sáng soi cho chúng con được biết việc phải làm, cùng khi làm xin Chúa giúp đỡ cho mỗi kinh mỗi việc chúng con, từ khởi sự cho đến hoàn thành đều nhờ bởi ơn Chúa. Amen.
Enlightenment (English Translation)
Please, Lord, enlighten us to know what to do, and at the same time ask God to help every business we do, from start to finish, through your grace. Amen.
Nếu lần chuỗi vào giờ cao điểm của Lòng Thương Xót, tức là đúng 3 giờ chiều, ta bắt đầu với Dấu Thánh Giá rồi đọc lời nguyện như sau:
Lạy Chúa Giêsu, Chúa vừa trút hơi thở cuối cùng, nhưng nguồn sống đã tuôn trào đến các linh hồn, và cả một đại dương Lòng Chúa Thương Xót được mở ra cho toàn thế giới. Ôi, Nguồi Mạch Sự Sống là Lòng Thương Xót khôn dò, xin hãy bao trùm toàn thế giới và trút hết toàn thân Ngài trên chúng con.
Sau đó đọc 3 lần:
Ôi, Máu và Nước tuôn ra từ Trái Tim Chúa Giêsu để nên nguồn mạch Lòng Thương Xót cho chúng con, con tin cậy vào Chúa.
Kế đến, ta tiếp theo từ Phần II (3 hạt nhỏ, Kinh Lạy Cha, Kinh Kính Mừng, Kinh Kính Mến) cho đến hết chuỗi hạt như trên, không có gì thay đổi.
Kinh Lạy Cha:
Lạy Cha chúng con ở trên trời, chúng con nguyện danh Cha cả sáng, nước Cha trị đến, ý Cha thể hiện dưới đất cũng như trên trời.
Xin Cha cho chúng con hôm nay lương thực hằng ngày, và tha nợ chúng con như chúng con cũng tha kẻ có nợ chúng con. Xin chớ để chúng con sa chước cám dỗ, nhưng cứu chúng con cho khỏi mọi sự dữ. Amen.
Kinh Kính Mừng:
Kính mừng Maria đầy ơn phúc Đức Chúa Trời ở cùng Bà, Bà có phúc lạ hơn mọi người nữ, và Giêsu con lòng Bà gồm phúc lạ.
Thánh Maria Đức Mẹ Chúa Trời cầu cho chúng con là kẻ có tội khi này và trong giờ lâm tử, Amen.
Kinh Tin Kính:
Tôi tin kính Đức Chúa Trời là Cha phép tắc vô cùng dựng nên trời đất. Tôi tin kính Đức Chúa GiêSu Kitô là con một Đức Chúa Cha cùng là Chúa chúng tôi; bởi phép Đức Chúa Thánh Thần mà người xuống thai, sinh bởi Bà Maria đồng trinh; chịu nạn đời quan Phong-xi-ô Phi-la-tô, chịu đóng đanh trên cây Thánh Giá, chết và táng xác, xuống ngục tổ tông, ngày thứ ba bởi trong kẻ chết sống lại; lên trời ngự bên hữu Đức Chúa Cha phép tắc vô cùng; ngày sau bởi trời lại xuống phán xét kẻ sống và kẻ chết.
Tôi tin kính Đức Chúa Thánh Thần; tôi tin có hội Thánh hằng có ở khắp thế này, các Thánh thông công; tôi tin phép tha tội; tôi tin xác loài người ngày sau sống lại; tôi tin hằng sống vậy, Amen.
Hạt Lớn, thay vì Kinh Lạy Cha trong chuỗi Mân Côi, đọc:
Lạy Cha Hằng Hữu, con xin dâng Cha Mình, Máu, Linh hồn, và Thiên tính của Con yêu dấu Cha là Đức Giêsu Kitô, Chúa chúng con, để đền tạ tội lỗi chúng con và tội lỗi toàn thế giới.
10 Hạt Nhỏ, thay vì 10 Kinh Kính Mừng, đọc 10 lần:
Vì cuộc tử nạn đau buồn của Chúa Giêsu,
xin thương xót chúng con và toàn thế giới.
Lặp lại “hạt lớn” và “10 hạt nhỏ” đến hết chuỗi Mân Côi. Sau đó, để kết thúc chuỗi hạt, đọc 3 lần:
Lạy Cha Chí Thánh, Đấng Toàn Năng, Đấng Hằng Hữu, xin thương xót chúng con và toàn thế giới.
Padre nuestro, que estás en el cielo, santificado sea tu nombre; venga a nosotros tu reino; hágase tu voluntad en la tierra como en el cielo. Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día; perdona nuestras ofensas, como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden; no nos dejes caer en la tentación y líbranos del mal. Amén.
Dios te salve, María, llena eres de gracia; el Señor es contigo, bendita eres entre todas las mujeres y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre, Jesús. Santa María, Madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros pecadores, ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte. Amén.
Creo en Dios, Padre todopoderoso, Creador del cielo y de la tierra. Y en Jesucristo, su único Hijo, nuestro Señor. Que fue concebido por obra y gracia del Espíritu Santo. Nacío de Santa María Virgen. Padecío bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato. Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado. Descendió a los infiernos. Al tercer día resucíto de entre los muertos. Subió a los cielos. Está sentado a la derecha de Dios, Padre todopoderoso. Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar a vivos y muertos. Creoen el Espíritu Santo, la santa Iglesia católica, la comunión de los antos, el perdón de los pecados, la resurrección de la carne y la vida perdurable. Amén.
Al comienzo de cada decena (x1):
Padre Eterno, te ofrezco el Cuerpo, Sangre, Alma y Divinidad de tu amadísimo Hijo, Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, como propiciación de nuestros pecados y de los del mundo entero.
En cada cuenta de la decena (x10):
Por su dolorosa Pasión, ten misericordia de nosotros y del mundo entero.
Al finalizar las 5 decenas de la coronilla se repite 3 veces:
Santo Dios, Santo Fuerte, Santo Inmortal, ten piedad de nosotros y del mundo entero.
1. Make the Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
2. Optional Opening Prayers
You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
(Repeat three times)
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You!
3. Our Father
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.
4. Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.
5. The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
6. The Eternal Father
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
7. On the 10 Small Beads of Each Decade
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
8. Repeat for the remaining decades
Saying the "Eternal Father" (6) on the "Our Father" bead and then 10 "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion" (7) on the following "Hail Mary" beads.
9. Conclude with Holy God (Repeat three times)
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
10. Optional Closing Prayer
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
THÉRÈSE MARTIN was born at Alençon, France on 2 January 1873. At the age of 14, on Christmas Eve in 1886, Therese had a conversion that transformed her life. From then on, her powerful energy and sensitive spirit were turned toward love, instead of keeping herself happy. At 15, she entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux to give her whole life to God. She took the religious name Sister Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Living a hidden, simple life of prayer, she was gifted with great intimacy with God. Through sickness and dark nights of doubt and fear, she remained faithful to God, rooted in His merciful love. After a long struggle with tuberculosis, she died on September 30, 1897, at the age of 24. Her last words were the story of her life: "My God, I love You!"
She was born in Rue Saint-Blaise, Alençon, in France on 2 January 1873, the daughter of Marie-Azélie Guérin (usually called Zélie), and Louis Martin, a jeweler and watchmaker. Both her parents were devout Catholics who would eventually become the first (and to date only) married couple canonized together by the Roman Catholic Church (by Pope Francis in 2015).
On 9 April 1888 she entered the Carmel of Lisieux. She received the habit on 10 January of the following year, and made her religious profession on 8 September 1890 on the Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
On 9 June 1895, on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, she offered herself as a sacrificial victim to the merciful Love of God. At this time, she wrote her first autobiographical manuscript, which she presented to Mother Agnes for her birthday on 21 January 1896.
Then in 1896, she coughed up blood. She kept working without telling anyone until she became so sick a year later everyone knew it. Worst of all she had lost her joy and confidence and felt she would die young without leaving anything behind. Pauline had already had her writing down her memories for journal and now she wanted her to continue -- so they would have something to circulate on her life after her death.
Her pain was so great that she said that if she had not had faith she would have taken her own life without hesitation. But she tried to remain smiling and cheerful -- and succeeded so well that some thought she was only pretending to be ill. Her one dream as the work she would do after her death, helping those on earth. "I will return," she said. "My heaven will be spent on earth." She died on September 30, 1897 at the age of 24 years old. She herself felt it was a blessing God allowed her to die at exactly that age. she had always felt that she had a vocation to be a priest and felt God let her die at the age she would have been ordained if she had been a man so that she wouldn't have to suffer.
Her inspiration and powerful presence from heaven touched many people very quickly. She was canonized by Pope Pius XI on May 17, 1925. Had she lived, she would have been only 52 years old when she was declared a Saint.
Thérèse has much to teach our age of the image, the appearance, the “self.” We have become a dangerously self-conscious people, painfully aware of the need to be fulfilled, yet knowing we are not. Thérèse, like so many saints, sought to serve others, to do something outside herself, to forget herself in quiet acts of love. She is one of the great examples of the gospel paradox that we gain our life by losing it, and that the seed that falls to the ground must die in order to live.
Preoccupation with self separates modern men and women from God, from their fellow human beings, and ultimately from themselves. We must re-learn to forget ourselves, to contemplate a God who draws us out of ourselves, and to serve others as the ultimate expression of selfhood. These are the insights of Saint Thérèse, and they are more valid today than ever.
Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska of the Blessed Sacrament was born as Helena Kowalska, in Glogowiec Village in Poland on August 25, 1905. Faustina stated that she first felt a calling to the religious life while attending the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 7 years of age. She wanted to enter the convent after completing her time at school, but her parents would not give her permission. When she was 16 years old, she went to work as a housekeeper, first in Aleksandrów Łódzki where she received the Sacrament of Confirmation, then in Łódź, to support herself and to help her parents.
In 1924, at the age of 19 years, Faustina went with her sister Natalia to a dance in a park in Łódź. Faustina said that, while at the dance, she had a vision of a suffering Jesus and then went to the Cathedral. From there, she said Jesus instructed her to depart for Warsaw immediately and to join a convent. She took a train for Warsaw (about 85 miles away) without gaining the permission of her parents, knowing anyone in Warsaw, or bringing any belongings other than the dress she was wearing. After she arrived, she entered the first church she saw (Saint James Church in Warsaw) and attended Mass. She asked the priest, Father Dąbrowski, for suggestions, and he recommended staying with a Mrs. Lipszycowa, a local woman whom he considered trustworthy, until she found a convent.
Life as a Nun
After being called during a vision of the Suffering Christ, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy on August 1, 1925.
On April 30, 1926, at 20-years-old, she finally received her habit and took the religious name of Sister Maria Faustina of the Blessed Sacrament and in 1928, she took her first religious vows as a nun.
Over the next year, Faustina traveled convents as a cook. In May 1930 she arrived in Plock, Poland. Soon after, she began to show the first signs of her illness (which was later thought to be tuberculosis) and was sent away to rest. Several months later, Faustina returned to the convent.
On February 22, 1931, Faustina was visited by Jesus, who presented himself as the "King of Divine Mercy" wearing a white garment with red and pale rays coming from his heart. She was asked to become the apostle and secretary of God's mercy, a model of how to be merciful to others, and an instrument for reemphasizing God's plan of mercy for the world.
The Lord Jesus chose Sr. Maria Faustina as the Apostle and "Secretary" of His Mercy, so that she could tell the world about His great message, which Sr. Faustina recorded in a diary she titled Divine Mercy in My Soul. In the Old Covenant He said to her:
"I sent prophets wielding thunderbolts to My people. Today I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart." (Diary, 1588)
In 1932, Faustina returned to Warsaw. On May 1, 1933 she took her final vows in Lagiewniki and became a perpetual sister of Our Lady of Mercy.
Throughout 1937, progress was made in promoting the Divine Mercy, and in November 1937, a pamphlet was published with the title Christ, King of Mercy. The pamphlet included the chaplet, the novena, and the litany of the Divine Mercy. The Divine Mercy image appeared on the cover, with the signature, "Jesus I Trust in You". On 10 November 1937, Mother Irene, Faustina's superior, showed her the booklets while Faustina rested in her bed.
Sister Maria Faustina, consumed by tuberculosis and by innumerable sufferings which she accepted as a voluntary sacrifice for sinners, died in Krakow at the age of just 33 on October 5, 1938, with a reputation for spiritual maturity and a mystical union with God. The reputation of the holiness of her life grew as did the cult to the Divine Mercy and the graces she obtained from God through her intercession. In the years 1965-67, the Investigative Process into her life and heroic virtues was undertaken in Krakow and in the year 1968, the Beatification Process was initiated in Rome. The latter came to an end in December 1992.
On April 18, 1993 our Holy Father, John Paul II raised St. Faustina to the glory of the altars. She was canonized on April 30, 2000. St. Maria Faustina's remains rest at the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Krakow-Lagiewniki. Her feast day is celebrated on October 5th and she is the patron saint of Mercy.