The Feast of Divine Mercy
The First Sunday After Easter

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Jesus, I Trust In Thee!!!
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The Feast of Divine Mercy

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A way to obtain from God complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.


There has been much confusion as to how this Feast is to be celebrated. To know how to celebrate the Feast, one must only look at the two decrees that were issued by the Holy See and the words of Our Lord in the diary of Saint Faustina, which the Church has accepted, as reliable and worthy of belief, and are included below. The first decree which established the Feast states that the normal readings for that Sunday are always to be used. They are already perfect as they are and reflect what the Image of Divine Mercy portrays.

The second decree is for the plenary indulgence for Divine Mercy Sunday that was issued on June 29, 2002. This decree also states what the duties of Priests are to be: inform the parishioners, hear confessions, and lead the prayers. It also asked Priests to gently encourage the Faithful to practice works of charity or mercy as often as they can, following the example of Christ.

The words of Our Lord in the diary are very clear, He said, "I want the image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it. By means of the Image I shall be granting many graces to souls; so let every soul have access to it." (Diary 341, 570) The Image should be placed in the church so that everyone can see it, perhaps in the sanctuary area and at all the masses on that day so that everyone may venerate it.

Our Lord also said, "I desire that priests proclaim this great mercy of Mine towards souls of sinners. Tell My priests that hardened sinners will repent on hearing their words when they speak about My unfathomable mercy, about the compassion I have for them in My Heart. To priests who proclaim and extol My mercy, I will give wondrous power; I will anoint their words and touch the hearts of those to whom they will speak." (Diary, 50, 1521)  Easter Sunday is the best time to proclaim God's mercy.

In addition, Our Lord Jesus said, "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 graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet.... Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy." (699) The plenary indulgence does not change the promises of Our Lord. Rather it provides the Church's highest mark of approval and endorsement.

Our Lord also said, "The first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be acts of mercy....I demand   from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me." (Diary, 742) It is clear that Our Lord wants mercy to be shown to others and this can be done by telling everyone about the special promise of the total forgiveness of sins and punishment that He has given to us.

When Jesus revealed this Feast to Saint Faustina, He said to her:

heart_a.gif (6566 bytes)Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment (300).

heart_a.gif (6566 bytes)This Feast emerged from the very depths of My mercy, and it is confirmed in the vast depths of My tender mercies (420).

heart_a.gif (6566 bytes)It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter ... I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge 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 Fountain of My mercy (699).

heart_a.gif (6566 bytes)I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy (1109).



Thus, to fittingly observe the Feast of Mercy, we should:

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes)Celebrate the Feast on the Sunday after Easter;

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes)Sincerely repent of all our sins;

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes)Place our complete trust in Jesus;

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes)Go to Confession, preferably before that Sunday;

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes)Receive Holy Communion on the day of the Feast;

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes)Venerate the Image of The Divine Mercy;

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes)Be merciful to others, through our actions, words, and prayers on their behalf.


Indulgences attached to devotions in honor of Divine Mercy - 29Jun02


General Remarks On Indulgences  

1. This is how an indulgence is defined in the Code of Canon Law (992) and in the Catholic Catechism (1471): "An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints".

2. In general, the gaining of indulgences requires certain prescribed conditions, and the performance of certain prescribed works.

3. To gain indulgences, whether plenary or partial, it is necessary that the faithful be in the state of grace at least at the time the indulgenced work is completed.

4. A plenary indulgence can be gained only once a day. In order to obtain it, the faithful must, in addition to being in the state of grace:

yellowdot.gif (100 bytes)have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin;
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes)have sacramentally confessed their sins;
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes)receive the Holy Eucharist (it is certainly better to receive it while participating in Holy Mass, but for the indulgence only Holy Communion is required);
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes)pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.

5. It is appropriate, but not necessary, that the sacramental Confession and especially Holy Communion and the prayer for the Pope's intentions take place on the same day that the indulgenced work is performed; but it is sufficient that these sacred rites and prayers be carried out within several days (about 20) before or after the indulgenced act. Prayer for the Pope's intentions is left to the choice of the faithful, but an "Our Father" and a "Hail Mary" are suggested. One sacramental Confession suffices for several plenary indulgences, but a separate Holy Communion and a separate prayer for the Holy Father's intentions are required for each plenary indulgence.

6. For the sake of those legitimately impeded, confessors can commute both the work prescribed and the conditions required (except, obviously, detachment from even venial sin).

7. Indulgences can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.