How to Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday
How to Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday
The state or condition of cleansing for one who dies in Godís friendship (State of Grace) but who still has sins or Temporal punishment for which to atone. Temporal punishment unremitted during this life is remitted by suffering in purgatory.
The Feast of Divine Mercy
This feast is intended to celebrate and proclaim Godís tender mercy which is available to all who turn to Him with trust. The floodgates of Godís mercy are opened. God in His great mercy is giving us all a chance to start over with no temporal punishment.
Preparing ourselves for Divine Mercy Sunday. We promise, by the sacrament of reconciliation, to focus on Godís mercy which is love and more powerful than evil, sin, and death. We give a whole-hearted confession holding nothing back from Our Lord.
Nine-Day Novena to the Divine Mercy
This is not a novena for personal intentions, but a prayer for the needs of the whole church and the world. We do this novena nine days before Divine Mercy Sunday. The novena starts on Good Friday.
Venerating the Image of the Merciful Savior
One purpose of the image is to remind us that we become living images of Godís mercy, living icons of mercy.
The three oíclock Hour of Mercy
Three oíclock is the hour of death of the Lord on the cross. Three oíclock is a beautiful time to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The Chaplet is a priestly prayer of offering our high priest, Jesus, to the Father - it is the extension of the offering of the Mass to each moment.
To profit from those great gifts, we must: fulfill the conditions of the Divine Mercy devotion (Trust in Godís goodness and active Love toward neighbor), be in the state of Sanctifying Grace (having gone to Holy Confession), and worthily receiving Holy Communion.
The message of Divine Mercy can be capsulized in the ABCs of Mercy.A - Ask for His Mercy
B - Be merciful
C - Completely trust in Jesus
Only within the framework of the ABCs of Mercy do the devotions of Divine Mercy find their purpose.
The devotions are always directed to Godís will and not our own will.
They certainly are not meant to replace the Sacramental vessels of Grace (the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, and Eucharist, which give us new life and nourishment). The devotions are to focus on Jesus: His mercy, His will, and His glory and to lead us to the Sacraments.
Observing the Feast of Divine Mercy
Veneration of the image
The image of Jesus, The Divine Mercy, is to have a special place of honor on the Feast of Mercyóas a visual reminder of what Jesus has given us through His passion and death.
Our Lord specifically told Saint Faustina to recite the Chaplet during the 9 days before the Feast of Mercy.
We are being called to be washed clean in Jesusís love through confession and Holy Communion. No matter how terrible our sins may be, we can begin our lives again.
To receive this extraordinary abundance of Grace, we must receive Holy Communion on the actual day of the Feast of Divine Mercy, unless there are grave conditions beyond our control (for example: military service, severely ill or in prison). Refer to Plenary Indulgence page.
The best scenario for confession would be to go on the actual Feast day . . . Second during Holy Week, third during Lent. It would be acceptable after the actual Feast day to go to confession due to conditions beyond your control (for example: war, sickness, elderly, prison, lack of time for priests to hear all confessions). Please refer to the Plenary Indulgence page for a full detailed explanation. Remember there is usually a large crowd for the Divine Mercy celebration and there may not be enough priests to hear confessions that day. You are strongly encouraged to receive this sacrament prior to the Sunday celebration.
Observing the Feast of Mercy Sunday:
- Celebrate the Feast on the Sunday after Easter.
- Sincerely repent of all sins
- Place complete trust in Jesus
- Go to Confession, preferably before that Sunday due to big crowds
- Receive Holy Communion on the day of the Feast if possible
- Venerate the image of The Divine Mercy
- Be merciful to others through actions, words, and prayers
Excerpts taken from The Diary of Sr Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy in my Soul copyright 1987 Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Stockbridge, MA 01263, all world rights reserved; reprinted with permission.
Scripture quotations from the St. Joseph New American Bible
Copyright ©2000 by Life and Mercy
Copy of the Vilnius image, restored by Life Foundation, copyright congregations of Marians Stockbridge MA, 01262. All writings were reviewed by Father Deville who is the spiritual advisor to the Divine Mercy Messenger.
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