DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
The Feast of Divine Mercy, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, is the Second Sunday of Easter. Jesus promised to give great graces on Divine Mercy Sunday. Specifically, He told St. Faustina:
“On that day, the very depths of My tender mercy are opened. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. … On that day, all divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment” (Diary, 699).
To receive the grace of Divine Mercy Sunday, you simply need to go to Confession before or on the day of the feast – sometime during Lent suffices; be in the state of grace on Divine Mercy Sunday itself and receive Holy Communion with the intention of obtaining the promised grace.
Divine Mercy Sunday has been celebrated for years as a private devotion. But in the year 2000, Pope Saint John Paul II, who himself was an extraordinary instrument of God’s mercy, put this feast on the Church’s official calendar as he raised Sister Faustina to sainthood.
- St. Anthony of Padua holds the Divine Mercy Sunday services on the Sunday following Easter beginning at 2:30pm. These services include Eucharistic Adoration, Benediction, Confession and recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Come and receive this special outpouring of God’s mercy!