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'We Weren't Just There to Sing'

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On Monday, April 24, 2006, the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., was filled to capacity for the long-awaited re-filming of the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy. The new Chaplet is now being aired weekdays at 3 p.m. (Eastern) on EWTN. In the following story, Vinny Flynn shares his memories of that grace-filled day of filming:

By Vinny Flynn

As I greeted the EWTN camera crew and the people who had gathered to pray with us, I was struck with a series of flashbacks. Some of these same people had been here with me and my family 10 years ago for the filming of the first version of the Chaplet that was airing every day on EWTN. Some had also been with us when the previous version was filmed nine years earlier. And a few had even joined us for the live "Still Waters" recording of the Chaplet on audio tape and CD.

There were some "first-timers" too, of course, who had not been present for the previous recordings. But, as we began rehearsing, I realized that none of them were newcomers to the Chaplet. They were all familiar with the responses, and they sang with great fervor. It was clear that they had each been touched by the power of the Chaplet and had come here not just to help us record, but to join us in prayer.

My mind flashed back to one of those earlier recording sessions when Fr. George Kosicki, CSB, had reminded us all of the power of the Chaplet and the reality of prayer. We weren't just there to sing, but to pray for mercy "on us and on the whole world," especially all those who would ever watch or listen to this chaplet.

As we knelt before the Blessed Sacrament and chanted the words our Lord had revealed to St. Faustina, we were to pray with trust that God would respond to our petitions and flood people with mercy through this recording.

Over the years, I have witnessed how prophetic Fr. Kosicki's words were. Wherever our family music ministry, Stillwaters, goes around the country, giving talks or parish missions, people come up to thank us for singing the Chaplet. They tell us wonderful stories of dramatic conversions, physical and spiritual healings, comfort for the sick and grieving, peaceful deaths, reconciliation in families — all from watching the Chaplet on TV or listening to it on CD.

Many tell us that they weren't planning on watching the Chaplet at first and didn't even know what it was. They were just surfing through the channels and were suddenly drawn to the Chaplet. I just smile and tell them, "It's a powerful prayer, and we were praying it for you."

So now, after our brief rehearsal, I recounted Fr. Kosicki's words and explained that we would be taking the same intention for this new filming, so that even years from now, when people see this video, they will receive the benefits of the prayers we offer here.
While we waited for the TV crew to finish setting up, a man came up to me with tears in his eyes. "I've prayed the Chaplet with you on EWTN every day for years," he said. "It means so much to me to know that the people I was watching were praying for me, and that now I'm going to be able to do that for others."

A few minutes later, we were ready to begin, and I walked over to join some of my family in the front pew. Looking out over the congregation, I was struck by the diversity of the group. It was like a microcosm of the Church and the world: Marian priests, brothers, and seminarians; Oblates of the Most Holy Eucharist; staff from the Marian Helpers Center and the Shrine; members of the Friends of Mercy Club; families and singles, young and old. The prayer echoed in my head: "and on the whole world."

As that thought was still lingering in my mind, Fr. Joe Roesch, MIC, exposed the Blessed Sacrament and, in keeping with the previous film sessions, led us in a beautiful prayer for everyone who would ever see or listen to this version of the Chaplet.

The cameras started to roll, and for the next four hours we knelt and sang and knelt and sang and knelt and sang. We took a brief break after each run-through, reminding each other to offer up all the stiff joints, sore knees, and backaches for the people we were praying for. Then, when we thought we were finally done, we knelt some more while the crew took additional camera shots from the back of the Shrine.

I was so impressed and inspired by the devotion and dedication of the people. Right from the beginning they had been completely attentive, cooperative, and prayerful. Most of them had been here the previous day for the celebration of Mercy Sunday and had spent hours in unrelenting rain driven by gale-force winds. (Mercy Sunday on Eden Hill is known for bad weather, but this was the worst I had ever seen.)

Yet here they were again, spending four hours on their knees without complaint, joining their sacrifice with Christ's for mercy "on us and on the whole world."

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Doug - Feb 8, 2016

Im just comming to the faith and one day I turned it on and was drawn to it,something was especially going on there that I just knew was something seriously and specially had the presence of God involved in it in with power,very reverent worship,God just has to be there,I know it.

Jeffrey - Mar 26, 2010

I, like so many others here, found the Chaplet on EWTN and it has made a true, deep and lasting change in my life, I often find myself singing the words and thinking about their meaning. God Bless Father Roesch and the Flynn Family for helping to change my life and the lives of the whole world!

PrayHopeDontWorry-St.PadrePio - Mar 9, 2010

My twin daughters (14 yrs. of age) carry The Divine Mercy banner(it is huge) in the St. Patrick Day parade-this is our 5th year!!! We are so proud to carry Jesus throughout the city streets of Pittsburgh!God Bless EWTN for spreading Diving Mercy to so many of the faithful, like myself, who would probably have never known about Divine Mercy...Thank you...Thank you...

Alphonse - May 10, 2008

I've been watching the Divine Mercy for awhile now and what I would like to know is the names and alittle something about the two men and women who sing.

Dorothy George - Feb 3, 2008

I try to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet
every day. In 1990, I had a miracle
from praying it. I had a polyp in
my colon and they were going to have
to do surgery. When they did x-rays
on me again, the polyp was gone and
I didn't have to have surgery.
I praise and thank God every day for
it. Now, I am praying it for God
to help me find my daughter Toni Quinn
that I adopted out. I was reunited
with her and the adoptive family broke
off our relationship. I am also]
praying it for the return of a Priest
to Our Lady of The Desert parish in
China Lake, CA. I trust God that
these prayers will be answered.

Nicole Segovia - Jan 25, 2008

4 yrs ago my son was killed in an Auto crash.If not for Divine Mercy "Jesus I Trust in You" My life would have ended. As a result I and some women friends have started an organization to work the 7 works of Mercy. One of the things that we do is start Adoration times at different churches in the area, make rosaries, that we donate to hospitals, nursing home, CCD classes, Pro-life, we add Divine Mercy pictures that were send from one of your offices. I have misplaced the e-mail address, to reorder. Please help us continue our ministry.

Darillyn - Nov 26, 2007

I've just come across this article tonight. I am one of the blessed people who participated in the new version of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. As Vinny mentions, we prayed/sang the Chaplet multiple times for the EWTN camera crew. It took so long for this new version to air on EWTN that I thought they had decided not to use it after all. I tell my friends they can see me for about 4 or 5 seconds if they look very carefully and don't blink.
A friend of mine who was also a participant and a fellow member of the Dominican Laity is very easily seen on the screen. She has white hair and is wearing a black lace head covering (mantilla) Before her death this year, she did have the opportunity to see herself on EWTN. Now she has moved on to eternal life. May her soul rest in peace.

Anita - Sep 25, 2007

It is so inspirational and refreshing to pray the Divine Mercy each day with EWTN's broadcast of it. Most obvious is the sincere devotion of the Flynn family and the whole congregation praying along with them and of course Father Roesch is included.

Pat - Aug 27, 2007

Wow, Marylee, what a great story and testimony to the power of the Chaplet!

I so enjoy seeing and hearing the gorgeous new version of the Chaplet. It was always beautiful but now it's even more so...

I try to say the Chaplet every day to atone for all the violence and war in the world, in hopes that all who die in war will find ultimate peace.

Ed - Jul 30, 2007

I am a 40 year convert. Four years ago I became disabled and had to give up the two job that I loved, farming and driving a school bus. I am on many potent pain pills, and spend a lot of time in my recliner pretty well drugged out. I watch EWTN on my laptop. I loved it when EWTN ran the Chaplet of St. Michael in the morning, and have missed it greatly since it was moved to afternoons. I still catch it when I can, but not as often. And it still wraps me up in the love of Jesus. It brings everything to a standstill with it's beauty. God bless you all for making it available.

Marlene - July 15, 2007 - Jul 15, 2007

I cannot tell you what it means to have the Divine Mercy Chaplet broadcasted on TV. I noticed on the new broardcast Father has added a closing prayer. Could someone please tell me where I can find it in my " The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion Booklet".

paula calabrese - Jul 12, 2007

thank you jesus and my dear bless mother and saint fautna for answer to my prayers for helping get through hardtimes over the loss of my brother. thank you for giving me peace through divine mercy chapletsincerly paula calabrese

Clement Khoo - Jul 11, 2007

I've been a faithful catholic and utterly devoted to our Blessed Mother since my conversion some 28 years ago (after some 20 years as a gung-ho protestant) and I've been an ardent supporter of the Divine Mercy devotion since it started many years ago but this is the first time that I've heard of the Divine Mercy Chaplet being on video and CD. Unfortunately, I can't afford to subscribe to EWTN, so I can only join you in prayer on my own for all your wonderful intentions. God willing, I will be able to view your video in the future but in the meantime, please keep up the good work and you will be storing treasure in heaven. I only wish that I could be praying with you because I had always believed that it is always better to pray with those in need than simply just praying for them. May the Lord continue to bless you and your loved ones for the wonderful work you are doing to glorify Him and our Heavenly Father in his Kingdom here on earth. In Jesus with Mary we Pray.

Maggie - Jul 10, 2007

Thank you, Father Joe & to all who helped spread & record the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The original recording helped bring about my own conversion. I have also been very moved by the second recording. I look forward to participating in the latest version. The Mercy brought to my family & to my self cannot be put into words. I know others have also been greatly helped by this Devotion. Thank You Lord and Thank You Blessed Mother for past & recent favors received. Thank you Saint Faustina.

Dianne - Jul 10, 2007

The most powerful gift that communities can give to themselves, their families, and their friends...is the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy prayer. The more people that you share this prayer with, the more Blessed and Empowered you will feel. Even on the worst of days...taking time to recite the Chaplet during the 3:00 hour...is a very Spiritually uplifting experience. Halfway through the prayers...you can actually feel your burdens lifted off your shoulders...and you can also feel the presence of our Lord Jesus in the room with you. It is truly a most rewarding experience. I strongly recommend and encourage anyone to try to incorporate this powerful Chaplet of the Divine Mercy prayer into their daily lives and see if it doesn't make a remarkable difference for them. One more suggestion...for me it is beneficial to gaze upon a favorite picture of Jesus while I recite the prayers...and before and/or after reciting them...say "Jesus, I trust in you" and "Jesus and Mary, I love you, save souls" These are very powerful statements which will strengthen your bond with our Lord. May God Bless and have Mercy on the whole world.

Sharon - Jul 9, 2007

I am so happy that the Divine Mercy Chaplet has been on EWTN, I have been praying it along with all of you.
I like the way Fr.Joe says the other prayers along with it. And that the Blessed Sacrament is exposed.
God Bless you all.

Ellie - Jul 9, 2007

We do not have this version on EWTN channel 20 here on Long Island. It sounds so beautiful I wonder if you know if we will be getting it here in the future.

Judi Verrier - Jul 9, 2007

I learned about the Chaplet shortly after my husband died this past January. I've been praying it every day, and I just know that his soul is being comforted by this beautiful prayer. I also have been praying the Chaplet for help in bringing my 20 yr. old son into the faith. He and I never really discussed religion (long story!), until we were in the car together this past Saturday night, and out of the blue he asked me if I believed in the afterlife! I saw Jesus opening the door for discussion of Catholicism with my son, which is exactly what I've been praying for!! He came to Mass with me on Sunday for the 1st time, and is now very interested in learning about his faith, and even asked me to send him the prayer to St. Michael so he could memorize it (our parish says it immediately after Mass - my son lives with relatives while he's going to college). I could ramble on here forever ... but I want to thank the Marians and staff of the National Shrine of Divine Mercy, Mother Angelica and staff of EWTN, and especially St. Faustina and John Paul II the Great, for this great gift of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The news is spreading ... and it's working ... Jesus, I Trust In You!!

Barbara - Jul 9, 2007

Thank you for the beautiful new Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. Seeing and hearing the Divine Mercy Chaplet prayed through tv is very consoling to me and also brings a great sense of connectedness to our Lord Jesus Christ and to those who love our Lord. God Bless you!

Mary Sue - Jul 9, 2007

For those of you who aren't able to be around a T.V. at that time of day, it is also on the Radio, on Relevant Radio. Just go to www.relevantradio.com, and find your viewing area. Praise be to Jesus for this wonderful gift of Mercy!

Kathleen - Jul 9, 2007

My sister and I prayed very fervently with faith with our prayer group on this last Sunday of Divine Mercy for many people and many things. We are ecstatic as we see our prayers being answered. I trust God's promises to St. Faustina to those who pray this chaplet. Besides new jobs (or retirement- whichever is God's will for us) for me and my sister, my most important prayers are for our loved ones' return to the Sacramental life of the Catholic Church, deliverence from addictions and evil spiritual strongholds and healings from cancer. will continue to share God's answers to our petitions from reciting this beautiful chaplet. Praised be Jesus Christ forever!

Sincelry, Maria <>< - Jul 9, 2007

Praise God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit! Thank you!

Bryan Thatcher MD - Jul 9, 2007

Another tremendous effort by Vinny and family!

Bea - Jul 9, 2007

It's wonderful that there is a new taping of the prayers!

Jim Amato - Jul 9, 2007

Once again we see the power of our Lord, reigning down graces upon those who seek, trust, and practice the ABC's of His Divine Mercy. There is no greater weapon ever created that can stand up to the Mercy of God. This new version of the Chaplet being sung is just another example of how God, through positive change, brings us all closer to His Sacred Heart.

Marylee Koningsor - Jul 9, 2007

I started watching the Chaplet 7 1/2 years ago. I had just gotten satellite TV. I could not turn the channel during the Chaplet. I had no idea what is was or why I was drawn to it. As a result, I started watching Mother Angelica and was confirmed in the Church 7 months later. My sponsor, my mother in law, could not attend my confirmation, because she was attending the beatification of St. Faustina at the Vatican. I now pray the Chaplet with you when it is on at noon here in San Diego.

paula calabrese - Jul 9, 2007

last june 4 2006 i veiwed n my brother joseph was very ill he died of a heart attack. i know that he isnt in any pain now hes withjesus all the saints

paula calabrese - Jul 9, 2007

when i first veiwed ewtn divine mercy chaplet last june uwas moved by this prayer many of my prayers have been answered. i purchaded the tape i listen to this every day and i still veiw ewtn every day at 3;00

Fran Axelson - Jul 8, 2007

I've been watching the Divine Mercy Chaplet for approximately the last 1 1/2. In San Diego (CA) it is broadcast at noon and I like to recite it later at 3:00. We also have the devotion in our parish in the morning. The Divine Mercy is so beautiful and caring. How can people not believe in such beauty of Jesus. My husband of 49 3/4 years wheelchair bound and my 42 year old Cerbral Palsy son just love the Chaplet, Mother Angelica, Father Joe and all who broadcast on EWTN. Praise God for all of our people on EWTN. Vinney, who is the young man in the pew with you. I know the young ladies are your daughters. God Bless you all for your work in the ministry of Christ.

Theresa - Jul 8, 2007

Thank you Fr Joe, I missed this devotion! God bless you, I will pray with on a daily basis or recorded for the days I work.

Barbara - Jul 8, 2007

This past Friday I put EWTN Divine
Mercy Chaplet on TV at 3:00 P.M. It was
so beautiful seeing Father Joseph
reciting the Chaplet with the
congregation. Everyday, I am going to
stop what I am doing at home and
pray the Divne Mercy Chaplet with with
Father Joseph Roesch. It is so
inspirational and prayful. Thank You!
God Bless You!


Peace. - Jul 8, 2007

I am so greatful that EWTN is able to broadcast the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 p.m.. If I am having a bad day I know that at 3;00 p.m. all I have to do is turn on the TV and I feel that I am in the presents of Our Lord. Prayin the Chaplet brings me such peace of mind. God Bless everyone who takes parts in this ministry.