9 things you need to know about Divine Mercy Sunday

by jimmyakin

in Liturgical Year

What is Divine Mercy Sunday and why are so many people moved by it? Here are 9 things you need to know.

We’re almost up to Divine Mercy Sunday.

It’s a recent addition to the Church’s calendar, and it has links to both private revelation and the Bible.

Millions of people look forward to and are profoundly moved by this day.

What is it, and why is it so important to them?

Here are 9 things you need to know.


1. What is Divine Mercy Sunday?

Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Second Sunday of Easter. It is based on the private revelations of St. Faustina Kowalska, which recommended a particular devotion to the Divine Mercy.

It also has links to the Bible and the readings of this day.

To learn more about St. Faustina, you can CLICK HERE.


2. When was it made part of the Church’s calendar?

In 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized St. Faustina and, during the ceremony, he declared:

4. It is important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church¬†will be called “Divine Mercy Sunday”.¬†

In the various readings, the liturgy seems to indicate the path of mercy which, while re-establishing the relationship of each person with God, also creates new relations of fraternal solidarity among human beings [Homily, April 30, 2000].


3. If this is based on private revelation, why is it on the Church’s calendar?


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{ 1 comment }

Brandon Christison April 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm

This is really good. We pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet with the teens on retreat. It’s a great devotion.

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