By Word and Deed

The Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy prayer cenacles have played a key role in the spread of Divine Mercy, helping it to become what Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, calls "the greatest grassroots movement in the history of the Church."

EADM cenacles consist of small groups of people who gather in their local communities for prayer, song, reflection, discussion, camaraderie, and to perform works of mercy. One such group is the EADM cenacle of St. Louis Parish in Alexandria, Va. The group has been meeting since 2004.

'What is a Cenacle?'

Occasionally when I travel, someone will ask me, "What is a cenacle?" So I thought I'd take this opportunity to explain. The cenacle is a small faith-sharing group. It is as old as the Church itself. The idea contained in the word cenacle is derived from the meeting of our Lord's followers in the upper room where He celebrated the Last Supper. The Latin word for supper is cena. It was in the upper room that Jesus instituted the Eucharist and washed the apostles' feet. It was there that the apostles received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.

A Cenacle Grows in San Antonio

The Cenacle of Divine Mercy at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas, began Jan. 26, 2010. The formation began when cenacle members from the Oblate's and one from St. Mark's Catholic Church came together as parishioners of Holy Trinity Catholic Church seeking to spread the message of mercy at the parish.


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