The Feast of Divine Mercy is the Sunday after Easter Sunday
On 23 May 2000, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments stated that “throughout the world the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that mankind will experience in the years to come.”
Concerning the Feast of Mercy Jesus said:
“Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment” (Diary 300).
“I want the image solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it” (Diary 341).
“On one occasion, I heard these words: ‘My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. 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 fount of My mercy. 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 grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy’” (Diary 699).
“I want to grant complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy” (Diary 1109).
As you can see the Lord’s desire for the Feast includes the solemn, public veneration of the Image of Divine Mercy by the Church, as well as personal acts of veneration and mercy. The great promise for the individual soul is that a devotional act of sacramental penance and Communion will obtain for that soul the plenitude of the divine mercy on the Feast.
*In practice, this is what Jesus is asking of us and what He is promising us on the Feast of Divine Mercy:
1. We must be in a state of grace. This means that we should have made our confession to a priest, received absolution and done our penance. We must not have committed any mortal sin since then. If you went to confession before Easter, and you have not committed a mortal sin since your Easter confession, that is enough. You do not have to go to confession on Divine Mercy Sunday.
2. That in our hearts, we are detached from sin, even venial sin: we sincerely do not want to sin again.
3. We receive Holy Communion, preferably in Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday.
4. We pray for the intentions of the Holy Father, Francis I. An ‘Our Father’ or a ‘Hail Mary’ is sufficient; we can pray more, of course.
This is what Jesus promised us if we sincerely approach His Divine Mercy on this Feast:
“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 fount of My mercy. 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 grace flow are opened.”
This means that on Divine Mercy Sunday,
if you have fulfilled the conditions,
you will be completely free of all sins
and you will be freed from the punishment of all your sins!
Your soul will be as new and innocent on the day of your baptism!
Do not let this opportunity pass by.
Make your Easter confession as soon as possible,
and receive God’s abundant mercy on
Divine Mercy Sunday this year!