To celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, Holy Family will host a Holy Hour of Adoration, Exposition, and Benediction on Sunday, April 28 from 2p-3p. Fr Gries will be available for confessions during this time. We will conclude with a recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet (texts provided. This will be a wonderful way as a parish family to conclude our Lenten Eucharistic Exposition by uniting together before the Eucharist and asking for God’s Divine Mercy upon the parish, the community, the Church, and the world.
Sunday, April 28 is Divine Mercy Sunday. This is the conclusion of the eight-day Octave celebration of Easter. The idea of Divine Mercy Sunday has its roots deeply planted in the Old and New Testament and in the early Church Tradition. It is a feast with three distinct dimensions, each emphasizing an aspect of the Paschal Mystery that needs to be brought out more clearly and appropriated by and for the faithful: merciful love, atonement, and covenant.
First, Divine Mercy Sunday focuses on God’s merciful love as an event and as a Person! It highlights God’s continuing action of mercy throughout salvation history as recorded in the Letter to the Romans, chapters 9, 10, and 11, culminating in His plan to show Divine Mercy to all! (See Rom 11:32.)
Second, Divine Mercy Sunday focuses on the atonement for sins won by Christ’s suffering and death upon the Cross. This atonement for us was merited by the Passion of Christ for the sins of all persons and times (CCC 1992). It is this atonement that gives us hope for heaven.
Finally, Divine Mercy Sunday focuses on the Covenant of Mercy extended to us by Christ upon the Cross in His Body and Blood. On the octave day of Easter, we too ratify the Covenant of Mercy, reaffirming not only our Baptism – our new life in Christ, but also the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist – which sustain that life of Christ within us and enable us to be Christian disciples.
Saint Pope John Paul II established the Second Sunday of the Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday as a feast day for the entire Church. He did this at the Mass where he canonized Sister Faustina (making her Saint Faustina) on 30 April 2000. St Faustina had a great devotion to Christ crucified and risen. She conversed with him and received visions. She is the great modern-day Missionary of Divine Mercy encouraging all to rely solely upon God’s Divine Mercy for salvation. There is a beautiful chaplet prayer by the same name.