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Divine Mercy Sunday – Time to Celebrate God’s Mercy

April 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Divine Mercy, Forgiveness, Indulgences

Worried about the world situation? About your spiritual life? Jesus gives us the hope-filled solution. Seek and accept his mercy. Start in the Eastertide, celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, then continue with the devotion.

Celebrate God's MercyJesus himself called for this devotion and feast. He made his urgent, essential request through Polish mystic St. Faustina Kowalska, the first saint canonized in the New Millennium by John Paul II.

Jesus said, “I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially poor sinners,” Jesus explained. “On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open… I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon the souls who approach the Fount of My mercy. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet…. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.” (Diary 699)

Divine Mercy Sunday Also known as “The Feast of Mercy,” marks the Second Sunday of Easter. The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, the authentic promoters of The Divine Mercy message and devotion, explain that there are tremendous promises of graces and benefits that Jesus attached to the feast.

Jesus said, “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” (Diary, 1109).”The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion will obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment” (Diary, 699).

In 2002, the Church “endorsed” this promise by granting a plenary indulgence on this feast under usual and certain conditions.

In A Nutshell–To Prepare for the Feast and Receive These Promises:

1.    Celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy on the Sunday after Easter;

2.    Sincerely repent of all our sins;

3.    Place our complete trust in Jesus;

4.    Go to sacramental Confession, preferably before that Sunday; preferably during the Lenten season.

5.    Receive Holy Communion on the day of the Feast;

6.    Venerate the Image of The Divine Mercy;

7.    Be merciful to others, through our actions, words, and prayers on their behalf.

The Marian Fathers make clear The Divine Mercy Image represents the risen Christ. The “two rays signify the Sacraments of mercy (Baptism and Penance or Reconciliation, and the Eucharist). The Eucharist is the blood of souls, carrying life-sustaining food for our spiritual journey. The water points to the Sacraments of Baptism and Penance, in that through these Sacraments, our souls are washed clean.”

“I want the Image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter,” Jesus said, “and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it” (Diary, 341).

Jesus said, “I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You”. (Diary 327)

Listen to Marian Father Seraphim Michlenko, an international expert on Mercy authority, explain more about Divine Mercy Sunday here.

Don’t fear confession. Our Lord noted he himself is there waiting for you. Jesus said, “When you go to confession, to this fountain of My mercy, the Blood and Water which came forth from My Heart always flows down upon your soul…” and “Every time you go to confession, immerse yourself entirely in My mercy with great trust, so that I may pour the bounty of My grace upon your soul (Diary, 1602).

Jesus also added incredible promises and wants to grant great graces to souls for praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. In part, he said, “Say unceasingly the Chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it, they will receive great mercy at the hour of death… Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy” (Diary, 687). “It pleases me to grant everything souls ask of me by saying the chaplet.” (Diary 1541)

“At the hour of their death, I defend every soul that will say this Chaplet as I do my own glory. When this Chaplet is said by the bedside of a dying person, God's anger is placated and His unfathomable mercy envelops the soul” (Diary, 811)

Learn to pray it here and pray along in either the recited or sung Chaplet . Or learn here.

Pray it in the 3 o’clock hour. Jesus said, “This is the hour of great mercy. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion (Diary, 1320).

After you pray it once, guaranteed you’ll find you want to continue praying it for mercy for yourselves, your loved ones, the sick, dying, and the world.

Blessed John Paul II emphasized, “There is nothing that man needs more than Divine Mercy…it is a message that is clear and understandable for everyone. Anyone can come here, look at this image of the merciful Jesus, His Heart radiating grace… And if this person responds with a sincere heart: “Jesus, I trust in You,” he will find comfort in all his anxieties and fears….

Our Lord made the Divine Mercy message clear as the “Great Mercy Pope” died on the evening of April 2, 2005, the Vigil of the Feast of the Divine Mercy, after the Vigil Mass.

The next day, John Paul II’s last message, prepared for that Divine Mercy Sunday, was read at the end of the Mass in St. Peter's Square. He reassured: “the Risen Lord offers his love that pardons, reconciles and reopens hearts to love. It is a love that converts hearts and gives peace. How much the world needs to understand and accept Divine Mercy!”

“Lord, who reveal the Father's love by your death and Resurrection, we believe in you and confidently repeat to you today: Jesus, I trust in you, have mercy upon us and upon the whole world.”

Don’t pass up on our Risen Lord’s incredible promises by accepting his mercy and trusting in him.

Learn more about The Divine Mercy devotion from the official site, of the Marian Fathers and the National Shrine of Divine Mercy.


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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • maricarmen

    Gracias por esta red por la cual recibimos información espiritual,a mi me ayuda mucho,y he salido de muchas dudas.DIOS LOS BENDIGA.¡FELICES PASCUAS DE RESURRECCIÓN!

  • Becky Ward

    This is part of my answer to the post about celebrating the Easter season more fully. I’ve heard people grumble about the bad timing of this novena……starting on Good Friday. But isn’t Good Friday the day that God’s mercy triumphed over His justice? I can’t think of a better place to put it!

    • Jesus Himself, who dictated this Novena, stated it MUST start on Good Friday and end on the Saturday – the eve of the Feast of the Divine Mercy.  Jesus re-instituted the Old Testament Day of Atonement.(See Leviticus Chapter 16) when He decreed the Universal Church observe the First Sunday after Easter as the Divine Mercy Sunday – way back in  1931.  On this Feast, which we have celebrated to-day, Jesus promised the souls that will pray the Novena and the Chaplet during these nine days, go for confession, attend Holy Mass on the Divine Mercy Sunday and venerate the Divine Mercy Image their sins and punishment thereof will be forgiven and He shall restore those souls to the condition they were in on the day of Baptism!!!! This is the stupendous unfathomable Mercy God has poured upon us to-day. The Ocean of God’s Mercy has immersed mankind on this, the Second Greatest Feast of the Catholic Church after the Easter Sunday.

      His Divine Mercy Image depicts Him when He appeared to the Apostles on the 8th Day after Resurrection and bestowed on them the Sacerdotal Powers of forgiving sins – in perpetuity – the Sacrament of Reconciliation which is the Pale Rays on the Image.  These Rays also denote the Sacrament of Baptism – the two Sacraments which restore or strengthens the Sanctifying Grace and which initiates the Soul in the Family of the People of God, respectively. The red Rays, of course, denote the Life of the Souls – The Holy Eucharist.

      • Becky Ward

        Thanks Mary!! I knew some of this, but not all.

        Blessings to you Dear Sister on this most special Feast Day!

  • Guest

    Does anyone know where we can purchase that Divine Mercy image?

  • Csserran

    You mention plenary indulgences in relationship to Divine Mercy. How is the Feast of Divine Mercy different from a regular plenary indulgence?

    • Csserran, what Jesus gave mankind by instituting this Feast on the First Sunday After Easter is the re-institution of the Old Testament Day of Atonement. On this Feast Day Jesus promised that the souls that will pray the Novena and the Divine Mercy Chaplet from Good Friday, go for confession during that period or on the Divine Mercy Sunday, attend the Holy Mass, receive Holy Communion and venerate the Divine Mercy Image, He shall forgive all their sins and punishment thereof and restore those souls to the condition they were in on the day of Baptism.  This is more that just an Plenary Indulgence.  It is a sort of Supra-Plenary Indulgence. Kindly endeavour to obtain a copy of St. Faustina’s Diary – Divine Meercy in My Soul – to learn more about this Devotion and how Jesus demanded this Feast way back on 22nd February, 1931 when He appeared to St. Faustina

  • Marker56567

    this novena is so very powerful.. say it everyday at 3… even lay down and spread your arms like st Faustina… watch what happens…. pray for every sinner in the world.. souls that have gone berfore us… for evil to lose its power and Jesus to reclaim the people of the world…. my rosary would tie up in knots… the only way was to bring it infront of the tabernacle.. and then they would the knots would fall out… powerful… Gods work…

  • Anne

    You can obtain the image from The Marian Helpers, Stockbridge,MA. That’s where the Divine Mercy Shrine is.

  • Rita ocds

    There are two images of  Merciful Jesus. One of them is the original, which was painted in Vilnius by Eugene Kazimirowski. It is still kept in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Vilnius.
    The other image, a copy of the original  is often passed as the original, but it was painted in Poland later and is still kept there.
    You can see the interior of the Shrine in Vilnius (Lithuania) with the original picture visiting
    http://www.gailestingumas lt 

  • Rita ocds

    I can send the image of Jesus to the Guest or anyone who needs it.
    I visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Vilnius every day, must say it’s a very special place. Come and see it!

  • May all souls who have appropriately prepared themselves to celebrate this stupendous Feast of the outpouring of God’s Mercy receive the Gift of the restoration of their souls to the condition they were in on the day of Baptism through forgiveness of all their sins and punishment thereod.  What a Merciful God we have!!!!! Thank You, Jesus, Praise You, Jesus…..Jesus I Trust in You

  • I am so grateful to Him for the Divine Mercy Feast this year! Although He gave me the Divine Mercy devotion almost a decade ago, it was only this year that I was finally able to do the novena and Divine Mercy Feast Day. What I am truly grateful for is that this year, He also gave me the chance to do corporal works of mercy almost everyday of the Divine Mercy novena week!
    I’m a volunteer of Gawad Kalinga, a non-government organization that builds houses for the slums and calamity-stricken areas in the Philippines. They also have educational, health, work-generating and environmental programs. They are centered around the Couples for Christ community. Sorry I admit it, I am sort of advertising for them here 🙂
    Every year, around April they have a 5-day event of house building in an impoverished community of the country. And this year, it fell exactly during this past week of Divine Mercy! This was also the first time I was able to attend join the 5-day event!
    This has been a memorable week and Divine Mercy Feast in so many ways. Thank You Lord for this chance to serve You and Your people! 😀

    • Praise God, Maria. I am glad you celebrated this Great Feast to-day and you certainly received the Graces Jesus promised. And that is, all your sins and punishment thereof were forgiven and your soul restored to the condition it was in on the day you were Baptized. That is the unfathomable Mercy of our Saviour to mankind.  He gave us the Day of Atonement when all our sins and punishment are wiped away, and we start anew as newly baptized children of God!!!!!!!

        I am equally happy that to-day, we, The Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy in Kenya, took the Celebration of this year’s Feast to the Holy Family Minor Basilica, Nairobi, which is the Seat of His Eminence, Cardinal John Njue, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Nairobi and the Head of the Catholic Church in Kenya.  The day was truly God’s Day of Mercy.  We had Eight Priests who minister at our Divine Mercy Spiritual Centre located in the Capital City of Nairobi from where we take the message of Divine Mercy Devotion to all the Archdioceses and Dioceses in Kenya.  They all  came to first hear Confessions one and a half hours before the Holy Mass commenced at 11.30 a.m. The Main Celebrant was our Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese and the Basilica was fully packed.  The entire Holy Mass, the Solemn Blessing of the Divine Mercy Image and the Veneration by all the Faithful after the Holy Communion was breathtaking.  Praise be Jesus Christ

  • AnneM040359

    Hi, new here. Just started to get into the Divine Mercy devotion after finishing the novena Saturday. Just started the chaplet on Divine Mercy Sunday myself. What a blessing indeed!

    • Welcome!

      • AnneM040359

        Thank-you for the welcome! 🙂

        • No problem – we have a great group here. You will enjoy the interaction. Read the FAQ’s for more info on participating in comboxes and feel free to engage!

    • Welcome, Anne – oh I should call you, Mummy. The Divine Mercy Devotion and the Eucharistic Apostolate of the Divine Mercy is the greatest Gift we have received from Jesus Christ Himself for these terrible times when God has been thrown out of the window and Satan  enthroned as the world inexorably  embrace the Culture of Death by abortions, destruction of the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony and the Family, especially in America where Obama and his pseudo Catholics in his Administration have viciously declared total war on the Catholic Church and the dignity bestowed to man by our Loving and Merciful Creator

  • Joseph Pronechen

    To answer Csserran: In short, the plenary indulgence for Divine Mercy Sunday that Blessed John Paul II had granted in 2002 carries the usual conditions including “sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of Holy Father to the faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honour of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!”).”prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!”).”
    faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honour of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!”).”
    prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!”).”
    For a complete explanation of the difference in the promise of Jesus & the indilgence see
    And praying the Novena is defintiely not a required part of obtaining the promise of Jesus on that day.

  • Elizabeth

    I always wonder this but just how often is it recommended for people to go to Confession. A month, every two weeks?

    • Becky Ward

      Here’s a link to some of the posts about confession that have been posted on this site.

    • Mary@42

      Emily, The Holy Father goes to Confession every Friday.  That gives you a good yardstick of how often one should go to Confession. We are taught by Mother Church that one should go to Confession whenever one become aware that he/she has fallen into Mortal Sin.  However, for those who are truly serious about their Spiritual growth, frequent confession, even if it is only for Venial Sins, is highly recommended. Those of us who are Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy, go for Confession once a Week.

    • judeen

      emily, hi.. confession.. I was taught 1 a month.. which keeps 1 close to God.. and makes 1 look at what 1 is doing and living their life , before it gets out of hand…
               yet , the deeper you go.. and the more spiritual things you do.. the more 1 needs confession.. for you go deeper with in the heart.. to see the source of your sins.. also 1 realizes alot of troubles are from the attack from the devil.. and 1 can get rid of these things by going to confession.. even pain.. physical and mental pain can be attacks.. depends where you are in your walk.. 1 know people who go every week.. they pray over people and the need for confession helps tremedously…

  • Hyssop H

    Prayer Request:

    Those in my prayer lists: Protections, resources, happiness, safety, quench storms, remove thorns, bless in our daily lives, families, relationships, resources, works, foods, water, shelters. Grant us final perseverance.
    Health: of Mind, Body, resources, careers, finances, families, relationships, future, shelter, foods, water, air, emotions, heart, soul, studies, careers, businesses.

    Those in most need of Gods Mercy:
    Yahweh our God and Mother of Perpetual Help. We commit this world and everything into your hands forever. With all souls, sinners, our families, bloodline, hopes, works, relationships and future. Have mercy on us always through the blood, wounds, face , heart & works of Jesus our Lord. Bless our ways, Grant us protection ,safety and final perseverance always. Unite all our works and prayers with those of the Confraternity of Capuchin, Rosary Confraternity of Dominican& Fatima always. In Jesus Name. Amen.

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