Divine Mercy Sunday
Celebrated in the Archdiocese of Cracow for the last 30 years, in Poland for the last 20 years, in the whole world for the last 15 years.
On the first Sunday after Easter.
Whose idea was it?
Jesus! He himself wants us to celebrate this Feast.
How do we know this?
From St. Faustina. She wrote it in the ”Diary”:
”During prayer I heard these words within me: I desire that the first Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy.” (Diary, 299)
Who established this Feast?
St. John Paul II established this feast for the whole church on April 30, 2000 – the day of Sr. Faustina’s canonisation.
Jesus said to Sr. Faustina: ”Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not adore My Mercy, they will perish for all eternity.” (Diary, 965)
What does God promise us?
– Your heart can be as pure and clean as it was on the day of your baptism.
– On this day, God wants to give you everything that you ask of Him with trust and if what you ask of Him will be good for you.
”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 are open all the divine floodgates through which graces
flow.” (Diary, 699)
What do we need to do?
Go to meet Jesus in the Confessional so that you may have a pure and clean heart (you may go to Confession a few days before the Feast).
Strive to live in the spirit of trust (which means the fulfillment of His will).
During the day do something good for your neighbor out of love for Jesus.
On the Feast day itself, receive Jesus in Holy Communion.