Come find peace and experience God’s Mercy and Infinite Love!
On Thursday March 1st, Emmanuel Community of Boston organized its first Mercy Night at St Francis Church of Dracut (MA), the Parish of Father Sean Maher, with the support of the Charismatic Prayer Group and the Divine Mercy Group.
It all started with the strong desire of the household members to serve a mission together and the call to reach people who are thirsting for the love of God. The Mercy Night was open to everyone. But the purpose was to invite personally all those who need healing, who seek the Holy Spirit guidance or who are far from the Church.
After a joyful praise, accompanied on the guitar by Dominic and on the piano by Louis-Marie, the evening opened with the testimony of Christina about her conversion through adoration. Then the Blessed Sacrament was exposed and people were invited to light a candle, receive a word of God or put a prayer intention in the worry box. They were also invited to confession. And they could ask for a personal prayer.
During adoration time, beautiful texts were received:
- Mark 10:46 when Blind Bartimaeus received his sight.
- Zechariah 9:9-10 about rejoice and the coming of Zion’s King.
- And Psalm 89:6-10 For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?
Last night was the best. I am thankful to Father Sean and parishioners who presented the Mercy Night, that was surrounded with spiritual reverence, and opportunity to be closer to Jesus. The night started before I got out of my car. Sitting in my car about 100 yards out front of the entrance (doors wide open) I saw a sight I will never forget, as if in a cockpit of an aircraft coming in for a landing, I saw run way lights leading me to the alter, that glowed in a goldish aura, and I was being waived in by Jesus. How welcoming an arrival! (Perry)
I was deeply touched by our praise. It had been carefully prepared by our newest member Dominic, with a mix of American praise songs, and songs from our songbook. We even had a household rehearsal of the American songs! People were a bit shy at first but they gathered around the altar and soon were singing with their hearts. Blessed be God! (Eva)
The fact that all the people came to praise around the altar was just amazing. (Louis-Marie)
The music and the songs were stunning. It really led me into a time of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. (a parishioner)
“Lent is a time to sync hearts with the heart of Jesus”, said Pope Francis during his homily on Ash Wednesday. And that what our first Mercy Night in St Francis of Dracut was all about.
Full of joy and giving thanks for the graces of the mission, we are now looking for the next one which will be offered at Pentecost!
The photographs are courtesy to Jerry M. Serra, one of the parishioners.