The Second Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday

In 1931, a sister of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938) is said to have been personally visited by Jesus. According to her diary, an image was revealed to her of the risen Lord, from whose heart shone two rays, one red (representing blood) and the other ”pale” (symbolizing water), with the words “Jesus, I trust in you” at the bottom. Faustina wrote in her diary that Jesus told her, “I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish.” When she was canonized in 2000 under the direction of Pope John Paul II, he proclaimed that the Second Sunday of Easter would henceforth be known as Divine Mercy Sunday. The celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday is an opportunity to reflect on the theme of how God’s mercy can overcome sin. Among the practices associated with the devotion are its novena, the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, the Hour of Great Mercy and the plenary indulgence granted to those who receive the Eucharist and celebrate reconciliation on Divine Mercy Sunday.