Divine Mercy Sunday

divine mercyDivine Mercy Sunday is a beautiful Sunday following Easter on which God has promised to shower his people with graces. It began with the vision of one young woman – St. Faustina Kowalska. St. Faustina was a Polish nun who lived in the 1930’s. She had vision of Christ’s passion, extraordinary revelations, and miracles in answer to her prayers. Only under obedience to her spiritual director did she write these visions and revelations down so that we too may benefit from God’s mercy.

In her devout holiness, St. Faustina became the vessel through which God sent us a message out of his loving mercy. In the message, the Lord requested that we make a special devotion to his Divine Mercy, designating the Sunday after Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. He also relayed to St. Faustina a special novena that is to begin on Good Friday and end on Divine Mercy Sunday. The novena offers to Christ all of the sinners in the world in atonement for sin. It is often accompanied with a beautiful chaplet to be said on rosary beads and is even more beautiful when it is sung.

He also bestowed upon St. Faustina the image of Divine Mercy which show Christ and His Sacred Heart. Out of His heart is flowing two rays of light – red and white, representing blood and water. According to St. Faustina’s revelation, “The water makes the souls righteous and the blood stands for the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of my tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross.”

With the novena, chaplet and image came a special promise of mercy: “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.”

This is a beautiful opportunity for all of us to immerse ourselves in Christ’s Divine Mercy!

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