I hope you are having a most happy and blessed Divine Mercy Sunday. If you’re new to the devotion, let me tell you, there are many misconceptions out there about the Divine Mercy image, message, devotion and liturgical day. This series of articles explains the basics of the devotion. I’ve shared some videos below if you want to know more about it. Also see how to receive the graces, especially during all the lockdowns.
Divine Mercy Sunday is NOT a feast based solely on St. Faustina’s revelations. Indeed, it is not primarily about St. Faustina — nor is it altogether a new feast. The Second Sunday of Easter was already a solemnity as the Octave Day of Easter. The title “Divine Mercy Sunday” does, however, highlight the meaning of the day.
From the Divine Mercy website series of articles, What is Divine Mercy Sunday? Find out the basics.
Video: Divine Mercy Preview Show, April 11, 2021, EWTN.
Liturgically the Easter Octave has always been centered on the theme of Divine Mercy and forgiveness. Divine Mercy Sunday, therefore, point us to the merciful love of God that lies behind the whole Paschal Mystery — the whole mystery of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ — made present for us in the Eucharist. In this way, it also sums up the whole Easter Octave…Divine Mercy Sunday, therefore, is not an optional title for this solemnity; rather, Divine Mercy is the integral name for this Feast Day. CITEIbid.
I hope this was a helpful post to anyone seeking to know more about Divine Mercy Sunday. The best way to learn about it is to pick up the Diary and read it. It’s filled with spiritual gems. I’ve learned much about prayer and the interior life from St. Faustina. Of course, I have a long way to go. I am my own worst enemy, don’t you know.
Thank you for visiting and reading. I hope you’ll join me again. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, stay safe and well, virtuous and holy, allowing the Ocean of Mercy to wash over you, bringing you all the healing the Lord desires to give you—physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual—as He transforms you into the person you were meant to be: His SAINT! May the Lord bless and keep you and yours, and may His peace be always with you. +JMJ+
Notes and Links
- Divine Mercy Sunday, the basics.
- But what about the lockdowns?
- Video: Divine Mercy Sunday Explained: How to Receive the Graces.
- Video: Divine Mercy Preview Show, April 11, 2021, EWTN.
- Video: EWTN Divine Mercy Sunday Mass from the National Shrine.
- See also the Divine Mercy and the connection between the Divine Mercy prayer, St. Faustina, and the sin of abortion.
- Buy Fr. Pavone’s book, Ending Abortion, Not Just Fighting It (a collection of Fr. Frank’s columns, at the Priests for Life online store.)
- Divine Mercy In My Soul: paperback, Kindle, leather cover. (Affiliate links, see full disclosure below.)
Image: The original Divine Mercy Image, by Eugene Kazimierowski.
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