In accordance with Our Lord’s request to St Faustina and as announced by Pope John Paul ll for universal Church, the Second Sunday of Easter (first Sunday after Easter) is Divine Mercy Sunday.
The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us – all of us, and He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others.
The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind by remembering ABC.
- Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and the whole world.
- Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.
- Completely trust in Jesus. God want us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.
Jesus told St Faustina: “I desire that the first Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy.” (Diary 299) “I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuse and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. 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 699) “Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy.” (Diary 965)
To ensure that the faithful would observe this day with intense devotion, Pope John Paul ll established that a plenary indulgence be attached to this Sunday.
The conditions for the plenary indulgence are:
- Sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of the Pope;
- a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honour of Divine Mercy, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father, and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in You)
During this challenging time when Churches are closed due to the coronavirus and many cannot leave their homes, a plenary indulgence, on Divine Mercy Sunday, can still be obtained , if, detesting any sin, as referred to previously, and with the intention of fulfilling, as soon as possible, the usual conditions , will recite the Our Father and the Creed before a devout image of Our Merciful Lord Jesus and, in addition, pray a devout invocation to the Merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you).
Jesus also asked that veneration of the hour of his death, be given particular emphasis. This is the Hour of Great Mercy. Jesus told St Faustina: “At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for 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” ….”You can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking..”
APPROPRIATE PRAYER FOR THE HOUR OF GREAT MERCY (THREE O’CLOCK IN THE AFTERNOON ON ANY DAY AND ON THE FEAST OF DIVINE MERCY)
You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus, as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You.