Today is Divine Mercy Sunday

A Special Promise of Mercy

Our Lord’s promise to grant complete forgiveness of sins and punishment on the Feast of Mercy is recorded three times in the Diary of Saint Faustina, each time in a slightly different way:

“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” (1109).

“Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment” (300).

“The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion will obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment” (699).

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2 comments to Today is Divine Mercy Sunday

  • Hi. The Feast of The Divine Mercy always falls on a Sunday, a day priests don’t normally hear confessions, in fact refuse to do so unless of course at point of death.

    How does one avail of the indulgences and forgiveness of sins as well the punishments due when the condition specifies the feast day itself for confession?

    Please clarify. I prayed the nine day novena with the chaplet and the chaplet on Divine Mercy Sunday’ but confession was Black Wednesday of the Holy Week.
    Of course, with mass and communion on the feast itself.

    Appreciate if you would enlighten me.

    Thank you.

    • My Dear Mary Lou,

      I can truly appreciate your frustration. Rest assured some of this can be overcome with a little bit of information. The rest can be offered up for our priests, both courageous and not so courageous. Either way it is a win, win situation.

      “the condition specifies the feast day itself for confession” The Church declared that Divine Mercy Sunday qualifies for a full plenary indulgence under the normal circumstances. As you can read below, going during the “normal” Saturday confession will meet this obligation. These means the Saturday before, during or after Divine Mercy Sunday will work. Good news!

      WHAT ARE THE USUAL CONDITIONS TO OBSERVE, TO BE ABLE TO OBTAIN A PLENARY INDULGENCE?

    • Sacramental confession, usually within a week before or after obtaining the Indulgence. One sacramental confession is sufficient for several indulgences. (I have read that a 20 day range would be appropriate.)

    • Eucharistic Communion. Unlike confession, only one indulgence may be obtained for each Communion. Although this Communion may be fulfilled several days before or after obtaining the indulgence, it is preferable that this condition be fulfilled the same day. Thus, those who practice regular confession and daily Mass may obtain a plenary indulgence practically every day
    • Prayer in keeping with the intention of the Supreme Pontiff. Like Communion. Prayer for the Pope’s intentions must be recited for the gaining of each plenary indulgence. Although there are not prescribed prayers, the condition is satisfied by reciting one Our Father and one Hail Mary.
    • Having the soul completely removed from attachment to any form of sin. This is the most difficult condition as even attachment to venial sin precludes the possibility of obtaining the indulgence. However, note that the condition is not freedom from all venial sin, but from attachment to sin, that i s, that there is no sin which the soul is unwilling to renounce.
    • “on a Sunday priests don’t normally hear confessions, in fact refuse to do so unless of course at point of death.” This is causes a great spiritual cross, one that cuts to the heart. Pray and offer up this great jewel with a contrite and thankful heart. The rewards you will reap will be paid out if full, packed down and overflowing, rather they are paid now or in heaven.

      Take courage my dear little Maryanne and know God is with you.

      Here is more info on indulgences and Divine Mercy Sunday.

      Christ Peace be with you,

      John Quinn

      Please pray for me and the family as we will for you.

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