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    INSTRUCTIONS TO OBTAIN A FIRST-CLASS RELIC OF SAINT FAUSTINA

    1. The Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Cracow-Lagiewniki is the sole custodian of the relics of St. Faustina.

    2. The Congregation makes first-class relics — ex ossibus (bones) — available exclusively to parishes or chapels with the titular dedication of "The Divine Mercy," "Merciful Jesus," or "Saint Faustina." Parishes that are vital centers of the devotion to Jesus, The Divine Mercy, and to St. Faustina, His apostle, constitute an exception. All other parishes or religious centers are able to obtain a second-class relic — that is, a particle from a habit that St. Faustina wore.

    First-class relics — ex ossibus — are made available only to parishes for the purpose of public veneration, for a more fruitful proclamation of the message of mercy and to attract many to the practice of the devotion to The Divine Mercy as handed on to us through St. Faustina.

    The message of mercy that Jesus transmitted through her calls one to come to know the mystery of God’s mercy and to proclaim it to the world through one’s witness of life in the spirit of trust in God, fulfilling His holy will, and spirit of mercy toward neighbors through deeds, words, and prayer, particularly by implementing the new forms of devotion inspired by the revelations given to the Church and the world through St. Faustina’s writings, namely:

    • • veneration of the Image of Jesus — The Divine Mercy;
    • • solemn celebration of the Feast of Mercy on the 2nd Sunday of Easter;
    • • frequent praying of the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy;
    • • daily observance of the Hour of Great Mercy at 3 p.m.; and
    • • spreading of the message and devotion to The Divine Mercy.

    Jesus attached great promises to all of these new forms of the devotion to The Divine Mercy under the condition of cultivating our attitude of trust in God and mercy toward neighbors.

    3. The petition to obtain relics should be addressed to:

    The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy,
    ul. Siostry Faustyny 3,
    30-420 Kraków 12,
    Poland.

    It should contain the motive for the request — for example, detailing how the parish or center is proclaiming the message of mercy and implementing and spreading the devotion. It is necessary to state that the relics will be revered and kept safe in accord with the requirements of the Code of Canon Law and the liturgical regulations of the Roman Catholic Church. The letter of request should bear the signature of the Pastor and the seal of the parish. The title of the Parish, its address and the diocese in which it is situated must be clearly indicated. A request for a relic ex ossibus must indicate the approval of the bishop who is the ordinary of the diocese. After reviewing a request from a pastor, the Congregation will send him a response in writing.

    4. If the parish priest is unable to collect the relics personally, he is obliged to enclose in the letter a note of authorization for his representative to collect it on his behalf and hand it directly to the pastor. The name and surname as well as the passport number of the person authorized shall be mentioned in the letter.  The Congregation does not send the relics by mail but offers them at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Cracow-Lagiewniki everyday, except Sundays and feast days. It is necessary to advise them of the day of your arrival in advance, by giving them a call or sending a fax message to (4812) 266-23-68 or email at: klasztor@faustyna.pl

    5. Relics are consigned as a gift and cannot be sold. However, the Congregation accepts a donation of a fixed amount to cover the cost of the capsule and/or reliquary, and of the preparation of the relics. The actual cost of a small capsule for containing the relic is 70 Euro or its equivalent, $100. The cost of a large gilded reliquary holding a capsule that contains the relic is 400 Euro or its equivalent, $600. A document certifying the authenticity of the relic accompanies the container.

    6. The Congregation encourages the given parish or center to prepare spiritually to receive under the sign of the Relics the Apostle of Divine Mercy — Saint Faustina. So far, various parish communities have organized a retreat time in the form of days of recollection, such as a triduum before the day of the relic’s installation. The Congregation recommends also various liturgical devotions dedicated wholly to the Divine Mercy.

    7. The Congregation also kindly requests that adequate protection be provided against theft or profanation of the relics.

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