Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Ceremonies will take place on Sunday April 23 in Knock Shrine (12.45pm ), Galway Cathedral (2pm ), and Emmanuel House Clonfert (2pm ).

Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, the Octave of Easter, observed by Roman Catholics as well as some Anglicans. It is originally based on the Catholic devotion to the Divine Mercy that Saint Faustina Kowalska reported as part of her encounter with Jesus, and is associated with special promises from Jesus and indulgences issued by the Church.

The feast of Divine Mercy, as recorded in the diary of Saint Faustina, receives from Jesus himself the biggest promises of grace related to the Devotion of Divine 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 souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain the 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.” (Diary 699 )

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of St Faustina, who was allowed by the custom of her religious order to adopt an additional name to the one given her at entrance to the religious life. Faustina chose to be called Sister Maria Faustina of the Most Holy Sacrament.

Jesus said, “Do whatever is within your power to spread devotion to My Mercy. I will make up for what you lack. Tell aching mankind to come close to My merciful Heart, and I will fill them with peace.”

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