Divine Mercy Sunday (also known as the Feast of the Divine Mercy) is celebrated on the Second Sunday of Easter, which concludes the Octave of Easter. The feast day is observed by Roman Catholics. It is originally based on the Catholic devotion to the Divine Mercy that Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska reported in her diary, as part of her encounters with Jesus. This feast day is associated with special promises from Jesus and indulgences issued by the Catholic Church.

The sacred image of The Divine Mercy was commissioned by our Lord, who appeared in a vision to Saint Maria Faustina on February 22, 1931. What Saint Faustina witnessed she described in her spiritual journal in these words:
“In the evening when I was in my cell, I saw the Lord Jesus clothed in a white robe. One hand was raised in the gesture of blessing, the other was touching the garment, at the breast. From beneath the garment, slightly drawn aside of the breast there were emanating two large rays.”

In Christ’s own words, “ The two rays denote blood and water. The pale ray stands for the water, which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the blood which is the life of souls.”
Along with the vision came this command, “I desire that there be a Feast of Mercy. I want this image, which you will paint with a brush, to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy.”

According to the diary of Saint Maria Faustina, from Jesus, the biggest promises of grace related to the Devotion of Divine Mercy takes place that day. In particular, a person who goes to sacramental confession (the confession may take place some days before) and receives holy communion on that day, shall obtain the total expiation of all sins and punishment. That means each person would go immediately after death to heaven without suffering in purgatory. Additionally, the Roman Catholic Church grants a plenary indulgence (observing the usual rules) with the recitation of some simple prayers.

Sunday April 16, 2023

2:00 PM

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Confessions Begin

2:15 PM-2:45 PM

Meditations read from the Diary of Saint Faustina

3:00 PM

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Benediction

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St. Maria Faustina

CONFESSORS

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