Divine Mercy Sunday

On the Second Sunday of Easter, the Catholic Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday, when we remember the Lord’s merciful love and compassion to all his faithful. Below is some information on this Feast of Mercy:

The Feast of the Divine Mercy or Divine Mercy Sunday falls on the Octave of Easter (the Sunday immediately following Easter). It is dedicated to the devotion to the Divine Mercy promoted by St. Faustina (Faustyna Kowalska), and is based upon an entry in St. Faustina’s diary stating that anyone who participates in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and receives the sacraments of Confession and the Holy Eucharist on this day is assured by Our Lord of full remission of sins, including the remission of all temporal punishment due to our sins.

According to the notebooks of Sister Faustina, Jesus made the following statements about this day:

“On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity.” (Diary of Sr. Faustina, 699)

Our Lord’s promise to grant complete forgiveness of sins and punishment on the Feast of Mercy is recorded three times in the Diary of Saint Faustina, each time in a slightly different way:

“I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy” (1109).

“Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment” (300).

“The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion will obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment” (699).

The devotion was celebrated unofficially in many places for some years. On April 30, 2000 (Divine Mercy Sunday of that year), Pope John Paul II canonized St. Faustina and designated the Sunday after Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday in the General Roman Calendar, with effect from the following year. He also decreed a plenary indulgence associated with this devotion.

SOURCE: Roman Catholic Blog

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1 Comment

  1. bob seijas

    The Pope declared on April 30, 2000 that the Sunday after Easter would be
    known as Divine Mercy Sunday and that homilies on that day should be about Divine Mercy. Didn’t Cardinal Mahoney get the word? At my parish
    there was no mention of Divine Mercy Promise or St. Faustina, and there is no picture of The Divine Mercy in the church. The Pope made this declaration 10 years ago. What gives? Do his declarations not cross the Atlantic? St. Faustina was canonized April 30, 2000. The Catholic Church recognizes her as a Saint. That gives complete validity to her
    Diary. The Catholic Church would not canonize a liar. Two years ago I spoke to several parish priests who had never heard of St. Faustina. How can this be?

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