Divine Mercy Sunday is next Sunday, April 7.
At the end of every Mass next weekend, we will recite the prayers described below for Divine Mercy Sunday.
Confessions will be available following each of the Sunday Masses for anyone who desires to receive the Sacrament of Penance.
Background on the feast: In 1931 Our Lord Granted a vision to Saint Faustina with two rays emanating from His heart, one red and the other pale. As she gazed intently at Him, He said to her, “Paint an image according to the pattern you see with the signature: ‘Jesus, I Trust in You.‘ 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. I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. I desire that this image be venerated throughout the world. By means of this image, I shall grant many graces to souls. I want this image to be blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, the eighth, or octave day of the Resurrection; that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy. The two rays denote blood and water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued from the very depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the cross. These rays shield souls from the wrath of My Father. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of Him.”
Blessed John Paul II canonized Sr. Faustina and consecrated the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. He said “Indeed the message she brought is the appropriate and incisive answer that God wanted to offer to the questions and expectations of human beings in our time, marked by terrible tragedies.” Jesus said to Sr. Faustina one day: “Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy” (Diary, 300). Divine Mercy! This is the Easter gift that the Church receives from the risen Christ and offers to humanity at the dawn of the third millennium.
A Plenary Indulgence can be obtained, under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father) to the faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honor of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Apostles Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. “Merciful Jesus, I trust in You!”).
For More Information on this Feast, and the devotion associated with it, please go to http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/dmmap.htm