National Shrine Candles - Rays of Mercy

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Rays of Mercy

The icon of the Risen Christ, enthroned above the main altar in a mandorla of gold rays, symbolizes the glorious manifestation of the Divine Mercy in the Person of Jesus Christ, from whose pierced side God's Great Mercy emanates for all humankind. Below the image is the tabernacle for the reservation of the Eucharist, the Body of the Lord under the species of bread. Our Catholic belief is that Jesus is present — Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity — in the Eucharist. The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy refers to this Real Presence using the same words. The statues of the 12 Apostles symbolize the foundation of the Church by Jesus. Above it all is a mural of the Lamb of God. The beautiful artwork of the sanctuary is designed to give glory to the Lamb: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and divinity and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing” (Rev 5:12).

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