A painted prayer for healing – ‘Divine Mercy For Humanity and The World’ – has been painted by expressionist artist Stephen B. Whatley for Divine Mercy Sunday.
The artist prays for the Mercy of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, for healing, hope, peace, protection and new miracles to overcome the coronavirus sweeping the world.
Whatley – whose exhibition Paintings From Prayer was staged at Westminster Cathedral, London, in 2013 – has painted several tributes to Divine Mercy; which was first directed to be painted through miraculous visitations by Jesus to a Polish nun Sr Faustina (1905-1938) in the 1930s. She was canonised as St Faustina in 2000, by St John Paul II.
Jesus originally asked St Faustina to have painted a picture according to the vision you see and with the signature, ‘Jesus I Trust in You…’
He told her: “The rays represent the Blood and Water which gushed forth from the depths of my Mercy when My agonising Heart was pierced on the cross. The pale rays signify the water, which cleanses and purifies the soul; the red rays represent the blood which gives new life to the soul – rays shielding the soul before the justice of My Father.”
In this new oil painting, Whatley felt the power of Christ upholding the world and within the rays of blood and water are the eternal words ‘Jesus I Trust in You’ – one of the simplest but most powerful prayers.
If you recognise the vibrant colours and style of this work you may have seen Whatley’s permanent exhibit outside Tower Hill Station, London: his 30 paintings commissioned by the Tower of London 20 years ago.
You can see more painted prayers and the full range of the work of Stephen B. Whatley at www.stephenbwhatley.com