The Divine Mercy Chaplet was given to St. Faustina by Jesus in the 1930s as a way for us to see Jesus’s depth of Mercy. When Jesus appeared to St. Faustina she recorded everything he told her in her diary, today known as “The Diary of St. Faustina.” Jesus instructed us to pray the Divine Mercy with a rosary; this is a short prayer that reminds us to trust Jesus and rely on God. Jesus also instructs us to say this at any time but more importantly at 3 p.m. – the “hour of great mercy” remembering the time Jesus died. Another prayer opportunity is The Divine Mercy Novena that starts nine days before Divine Mercy Sunday. Jesus specifically asked for us to say this novena promising “By this Novena, I will grant every possible grace to the souls.” (St. Faustina’s Diary, 796)
To receive the grace of Divine Mercy Sunday, one would go to Confession on or before the day of the feast (even going during Lent is good!) then being in the state of grace and receive Holy Communion with intentions of obtaining the promised grace. Jesus says “I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy” (Diary 1109). When this is done, all your sins are forgiven and the punishments of those sins are forgiven; if you were to pass away following this, you would go straight to heaven! It is so powerful that we are given this opportunity by the Lord.
When Jesus appeared to St. Faustina he instructed her to have an image painted of him exactly according to what she saw with the words “Jesus, I trust in you.” He asked that this image be venerated especially on Divine Mercy Sunday. He states, “I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. (Diary 48) By means of this image, I shall grant many graces to souls.” (Diary 327, 742)
Join us for the Divine Mercy Chaplet on Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m. at the South Church.