Divine Mercy Sunday
The Feast of The Divine Mercy ranks highest among all the elements of The Divine Mercy devotion revealed to St. Faustina. Its institution was requested by the Lord Jesus for the first time in Plock, in 1931, while He was communicating His will regarding the painting of the Image: “I desire that there by a Feast of Mercy. I want this image, which you will paint with a brush, to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy” (Diary, 49).
The choice of the first Sunday after Easter for the Feast of The Divine Mercy has a very deep theological significance, which points to the close relationship between the Paschal Mystery of the Redemption and the mystery of The Divine Mercy. This integral relationship is further emphasized by the Novena of Chaplets to The Divine Mercy, which begins on Good Friday as a preparation for the Feast.
This feast is not only a day in particular for worship God in His mystery of mercy, but also a time of grace for all people. The Lord Jesus said; “I desire that the Feast of The Divine Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners” (Diary, 699), “Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation, that is, recourse to My Mercy.
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