2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204

(904) 387-2554

parishoffice@spsjax.org

2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204

(904) 387-2554

Email: parishoffice@spsjax.org

Divine Mercy Sunday

As the faithful prepare to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, it is important to review the meaning and
historical significance of the day. On the Second Sunday of Easter of the Jubilee Year 2000, at the
Mass for the Canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska, Pope John Paul II declared the Sunday after
Easter be called “Divine Mercy Sunday.”

St. Faustina was a Polish nun who received visions from Jesus, including one of Jesus wearing a
white garment with beams of red and white coming from His heart, which came to be known as
the image of Divine Mercy. She wrote in her diary that He said:

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…
My daughter, tell the whole world
about My inconceivable mercy. I desire
that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and
shelter for all souls, and especially for
poor sinners. I pour out a whole ocean
of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy.

Divine Mercy Sunday focuses on the gift of mercy and love given through Christ’s death, burial, and
resurrection. As Pope John Paul II stated, “Divine Mercy reaches human beings through the heart
of Christ crucified.”



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