Divine Mercy Sunday


Pope John Paul II, at the canonization of Sister Faustina on April 30, 2000, declared: “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.”

By the words “the whole message” Pope John Paul II was referring to the connection between the “Easter Mystery of the Redemption”— in other words, the suffering, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, followed by the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost — and this Feast of the Divine Mercy; the Octave Day of Easter.

Note:  In the Sacrament of Penance, the guilt of sin is removed, and with it the eternal punishment due to mortal sin; but there remains “temporal punishment” and this must be atoned for either in the present life or in the world to come — in Purgatory.

You may earn a “plenary indulgence”  which is the remission of the entire “temporal punishment” due to sin that has already been forgiven, so that no further expiation is required in Purgatory. To earn this plenary indulgence, simply follow these guidelines:                                                           

1.)    One must sincerely and prayerfully participate in the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

2.)    One must be in the state of grace, thus, a good sacramental Confession (no mortal sin).

3.)    One must receive Holy Communion.

4.)    One must pray for the Holy Father’s intentions (at least 1x Our Father & 1x Hail Mary).

5.)    One’s mind and heart must be free from all attachment to sin, even venial sin.

These guidelines should be fulfilled within several weeks preceding and/or following the Hour of Great Mercy Devotion on DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY.

Please Note: Divine Mercy Sunday is April 3, 2016. Services will be held at St. Leo’s (Rohrerstown) from 2:00-3:00pm and at St. Mary’s (Downtown Lancaster) from 3:00-4:00pm.