Divine Mercy Sunday

News April 8, 2021

Jesus promised to give great graces on Divine Mercy Sunday. Specifically, he told Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska:

"...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. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened..." Diary of Saint Faustina, 699

In the Jubilee Year 2000, Pope John Paul II proclaimed that from that year forward the Second Sunday of Easter would be celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday. This was proclaimed at the Canonization Mass of St. Faustina Kawalska, who worked throughout her life to make all aware of the merciful love of God. St. Faustina (1905–1938) was born and raised in Poland. Following a vocation to religious life, she was accepted by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.

In her years in the convent, St. Faustina heard a call from God to make God’s mercy known to the world so that the world may more fully receive God’s healing grace. St. Faustina promoted the Chaplet of Divine Mercy which consists of the recitation of prayers to the Eternal Father with the use of the rosary for the sake of Christ’s sorrowful passion.

The Chaplet is prayed as follows:

  1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross, one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Apostles’ Creed.
  2. On the Our Father beads, recite the following: “Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.”
  3. On the ten Hail Mary beads, say the following: “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”
  4. Repeat step two and three for all five decades.
  5. Conclude by reciting three times: “Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”