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Divine Mercy Sunday
April 23, 2017
Bishop Ronald Gainer will celebrate at 3 p.m. the Divine Mercy Chaplet, concluding with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament at St. Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg.
About Divine Mercy Sunday
(Words in bold are words of Jesus to Saint Faustina as recorded by her in her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul).
On April 30, 2000, at the canonization of Sister Faustina, Pope John Paul II said that the Sunday after Easter Sunday would henceforth be known as Divine Mercy Sunday. A plenary indulgence is available to those who observe Divine Mercy Sunday following the usual prescriptions – Sacramental Confession, reception of Holy Communion, freedom from all attachment to sin.
Fitting ways to commemorate Divine Mercy Sunday:
-Sincerely repent of all of our sins.
-Place our complete trust in Jesus.
-Go to Confession.
-Receive Holy Communion.
-Venerate the Image of the Divine Mercy, e.g. bowing before the image.
-Be merciful to others through our prayers, words, and actions.
This Feast emerged from the very depths of My mercy, and it is confirmed in the vast depths of My tender mercies. (420).
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).