Experience the mercy of Jesus as we celebrate the forgiveness of God on this Divine Mercy Sunday. Every Mass this Sunday is a Divine Mercy Sunday Mass from which you can obtain the following graces:
Jesus tells St. Faustina, as recorded in her diary (#699):
“I desire that the Feast of Mercy [Sunday after Easter] 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 graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet.”
The promise made by Jesus is an astounding one. The Church also grants a plenary indulgence, but what Jesus promises is beyond that. It can only be gained for ourselves, but it is essentially like a second baptism. We receive “complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.” We literally get a brand new start — no baggage remains (no temporal punishment due to sin, remains).
Here is how to prepare for this amazing gift:
1. Go to confession up to 20 days before Divine Mercy Sunday — remain in the state of grace (no mortal sins).
2. Receive Holy Communion.
3. Trust in God’s merciful love. The Church also offers a plenary indulgence to the faithful that day (we can obtain it for ourselves or a deceased person).
To obtain this indulgence we have to do the following:
1. Sacramental confession (20 days before or after).
2. Receive Holy Communion in the state of grace.
3. Pray for the intentions of the Holy Father — Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
4. Be detached from the affection for sin, even venial sin.
5. Take part in the prayers and devotions held in honor of Divine Mercy or in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament (exposed or reserved in the tabernacle) pray an Our Father, the Creed, and “Merciful Jesus, I trust in You!”