Divine Mercy Sunday Celebrations 2020
It’s a Universal Church Feast observed on the First Sunday after Easter
Sunday, April 19, 2020 this year.
In her Diary, St. Maria Faustina Kowalska recorded 14 revelations from our Lord requesting this feast. The most complete, concise description is found in entry 699:
I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and a shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners… The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.
To receive the extraordinary graces of this feast, the only condition is to receive Holy Communion worthily on Divine Mercy Sunday (or the vigil celebration) by making a good Confession beforehand and staying in the state of grace, and receive with great trust in Divine Mercy.
We also are encouraged to venerate the Divine Mercy Image and perform acts of mercy through deed, word, or prayer.
The of image of Jesus, the Divine Mercy, is to be venerated* on Divine Mercy Sunday. It is to be given a place of honor in our churches and homes on this Sunday. Our Lord appeared to St Faustina and then directed her to have this appearance of Himself as the Merciful Savior painted and then venerated publicly. He told her, I want the Image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska. 341).
In the Image, the pale and red rays symbolize the Blood and Water that flowed from His Side while He was on the Cross. But, in His appearance to St Faustina, they had been transformed into glorious rays, a source of healing graces for sinners who will turn to Him with trust. That is why the image bears the inscription: “Jesus, I trust in You!”
We can venerate the Image of Jesus, the Divine Mercy, by gazing upon it in prayer and adoration. As Signs of our love for Jesus, we can place candles and flowers before the Image. First and foremost, as we gaze upon our Merciful Savior in prayer, we can decide to trust in Him and to perform works of mercy — responding to the call to be merciful as He has shown mercy to us.
* To “venerate” a sacred image simply means to perform some act or make some gesture of deep religious respect toward it because of the person whom it represents.