Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, the Octave Easter, This year it falls on Sunday April 23rd, 2017
“I want the image 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 341). These were the words of Jesus to Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska of the Blessed Sacrament, who received the visions and visitations from Our Lord Jesus himself. The devotion to Divine Mercy was revealed during her encounters with Jesus and for all those who practice it, especially on the Divine Mercy Sunday, there are special promises from Jesus and indulgences granted by the Church. The Divine Mercy portrait is a depiction of Jesus based on the devotion initiated by Saint Maria Faustina.
“I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish,” Jesus told Faustina, according to her diary, which has been studied and authenticated by the Church over several decades. “I also promise victory over enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I myself will defend it as My own glory” (Diary of Faustina, 48). In the painting Jesus is shown raising his right hand in blessing, and pointing with his left hand on his chest from which flow forth two rays: one red and one white. They have symbolic meaning: red for the blood of Jesus (which is the Life of Souls), and white for the water (which justify souls) (from Diary – 299). The depictions often contains the message “Jesus, I trust in You!” The whole image is symbolic of charity, forgiveness and love of God, referred to as the “Fountain of Mercy”.
May we continue to experience the merciful love of Jesus in our daily lives and in our world today.