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Divine Mercy Sunday – The first Sunday after Easter
Our Lord’s Mercy grants forgiveness of all sins and punishment on Feast of Divine Mercy, Mercy Sunday, mercy for even the most hardened sinners! It was Jesus, Himself who asked for it to be celebrated on this particular Sunday following Easter.
When did Jesus make this promise and how does one get it?
Jesus left all the details in a diary that He commanded Saint Faustina to write in the 1930’s. (“Divine Mercy In My Soul”)
Our Lord strongly speaks about this to Saint Faustina:
“I demand from you deeds of mercy which are to arise out of love for me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse yourself from it.” Diary, 742. During the course of Jesus’ revelations to Saint Faustina on the Divine Mercy He asked on numerous occasions that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and that this feast be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter.
“I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. 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.” – (Diary, 699)
“The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.” – (Diary, 699)
“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.” – (Diary, 699)
This Feast, which had already been granted to the nation of Poland and been celebrated within Vatican City, was granted to the Universal Church by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the canonization of St. Faustina on 30 April 2000. In a decree dated 23 May 2000,the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments stated that “throughout the world the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that mankind will experience in the years to come”.
These papal acts represent the highest endorsement that the Church can give to a private revelation, an act of papal infallibility proclaiming the certain sanctity of the mystic, and the granting of a universal feast, as requested by Our Lord to St. Faustina.
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.