The Divine Mercy

No Catholic should ever miss Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Sunday is always the first Sunday after Easter, and on this day if we go to communion and confession we shall obtain complete forgiveness of all our sins and more importantly any punishment those sins may have incurred. This great indulgence given to us by the Church is only available one day a year on this great feast day.

On Divine Mercy Sunday April 30th 2000 Pope John Paul II. Canonised St Maria Faustina, and at the same time He decreed That the Second Sunday of Easter be henceforth known as "Divine Mercy Sunday". Five days later on May 5th 2000 by Virtue of a decree issued by the Sacred Congregation for the Divine Mercy and the Discipline of the Sacraments, The Holy See Proclaimed the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. The Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments now publishes these decisions of the Supreme Pontiff so that they may take immediate effect.

Sister Maria Faustina Kowlaska of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy (ref47) Writing in her Diary ("Divine Mercy in My Soul") wrote on the evening of February 22,1931 "In the evening, when I was in my cell, I saw the Lord Jesus who was dressed in a white garment. One hand was raised in the gesture of a blessing; the other was touching the garment at the breast. From beneath the garment, slightly drawn aside at the breast, there were emanating two large rays, one red the other pale. In silence I kept my gaze fixed on the Lord; my soul was struck with awe but also with great joy. After a while, Jesus said to me paint an image according to the pattern that you see, with the signature: Jesus I Trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel and then throughout the world."

"I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish, I also promise victory over its enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I myself will defend it as MY own glory."

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The Hour of Mercy

In October 1937 and February the following year, the Lord Jesus told Sr.Faustina to worship at the hour of his death. He Himself called it:

The hour of great mercy for the whole world. As often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul..it was the hour of grace for the whole world;mercy triumphed over justice”(ref1572)

It is the desire of our Lord Jesus that we contemplate his passion at this hour, especially his abandonment during His agony. Then as he told Sr.Faustina: “ At three o’clock implore my mercy, especially for poor sinners; and if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in my abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the HOUR OF GREAT MERCY for the whole world. In this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of me in virtue of My Passion.”(ref1320) Jesus imposed 3 conditions that were necessary for the prayers addressed to him during the hour of hercy to be heard:

1) The prayer has to be directed to Jesus.
2) It must be said at 3 o’clock in the afternoon
3) It has to call on the merits and value of the Lord’s Passion

Philip Illsley - St Albans Divine Mercy talk



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