divine mercy

Divine Mercy Sunday celebrates fullness of Christ’s resurrection

The feast of Divine Mercy, or Divine Mercy Sunday, is observed on the octave of Easter and celebrates the fullness of Christ's Resurrection. This year, the feast will be celebrated April 23.

The feast was initiated by St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who kept a diary in the 1930s of Christ's private revelations, telling her of His message of mercy. She wrote that she first saw a vision of Jesus on Feb. 22, 1931. He had rays of mercy streaming from His heart. Christ told her to have an image painted to represent the vision and to write below it, "Jesus, I trust in you!"

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Divine Mercy is an explosion of God’s love

As exciting as Christ's resurrection was to the apostles on Easter Sunday morning, what happens on Easter Sunday evening is even more exciting.

On Easter Sunday morning, the apostles were very excited that Jesus rose from the dead. This knowledge brought joy to their hearts, because they were looking forward to reconnecting with Him.

However, Jesus realized on Easter Sunday morning His work was not completed, so He revisited them in the evening when the doors were locked. What they experienced that night they couldn't fully appreciate until the Feast of Pentecost.

GUEST COLUMNIST | The cross and divine mercy

Maria-Pia Negro Chin

Do you wonder whether Jesus loves you? Think you don't deserve this love? If you want these doubts dispelled, pray the Stations of the Cross.

Based on scriptural accounts from the time when Jesus was condemned, leading to His death and when He was laid in the tomb, these 14 stations remind us of His sacrificial love.

DEAR FATHER | Divine Mercy feast is fulfillment of Easter promise

Father John Mayo

What is the feast of Divine Mercy? 

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | We are called to pass on God’s transformative mercy

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

God's mercy explodes upon the apostles in the Upper Room on Easter Sunday night when Christ appears to them in His resurrected body and says, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained."

Divine Mercy celebrations in 2016

Celebrations including Mass

CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF ST. LOUIS Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End — noon Mass celebrated by Bishop Edward M. Rice. Following Mass, eucharistic adoration and confessions, veneration of Divine Mercy image in thesanctuary, 3 p.m. Divine Mercy chaplet, ending with Benediction.

Contact: rectory (314) 373-8200.

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