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Eastertide: Divine Mercy Sunday

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

Divine Mercy Sunday is a special day in the Catholic Church that occurs on the Sunday following Easter. It is a day dedicated to the celebration of God's infinite mercy and love for humanity. In this blog, we will explore the significance of Divine Mercy Sunday and its importance in the Catholic faith.

The origins of Divine Mercy Sunday can be traced back to the life of Saint Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who had a series of visions of Jesus in the 1930s. In these visions, Jesus revealed to her the concept of Divine Mercy, which emphasises God's willingness to forgive even the most heinous sins of humanity. Saint Faustina was instructed by Jesus to spread the message of Divine Mercy to the world.

In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II declared the Sunday following Easter to be Divine Mercy Sunday, a day of special significance for Christians worldwide. On this day, we are encouraged to reflect on God's mercy and forgiveness, seek repentance for their sins, and receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.

One of the most significant devotions associated with Divine Mercy Sunday is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. This prayer is recited on a set of rosary beads and is composed of a series of prayers and meditations on God's mercy and forgiveness. The Chaplet is particularly powerful when recited at the hour of mercy, which is three o'clock in the afternoon, the hour that Jesus died on the cross.

Divine Mercy Sunday is also a day for Christians to perform acts of mercy and charity. Jesus said to Saint Faustina, "I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me." We are encouraged to reach out to those in need, offer forgiveness to those who have wronged them, and show love and compassion to all.

Divine Mercy Sunday Mass 2023

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