“Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation, that is, the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity.” (Diary 965)
“I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day, the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the Fount of My mercy.” (Diary 699)
The Feast of Mercy is celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter, in accordance with the desire of the Lord Jesus, which was expressed by Him many times in the words addressed to St. Faustina. He first said about His wish on the 22 February 1931, when He asked to paint an image with the signature “Jesus, I trust in You”:
“I desire that there be a Feast of Mercy. I want this image which you will paint with a brush, to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy. “ (Diary 49)
Then the Lord Jesus mentioned His desire several times, incl. He said He desired that the first Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy (cf. Diary 299)
“The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter.” (Diary 699)
The Feast of Mercy has the highest rank among all forms of worship of the Divine Mercy due to the greatness of promises and place in the Church’s liturgy. The Feast of Mercy is a form of devotion to the immeasurable Divine Mercy in accordance with the Will of Jesus Christ, who wishes to worship His Mercy by celebrating this Feast (cf. Diary 742). The Feast of Mercy is special time of grace given to all people, especially to “poor sinners” (cf. Diary 699), in order to encourage them to reconcile with God.
Extraordinary promises and graces are attached to the Feast of Divine Mercy:
- Everyone who will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on that day, will obtain a complete forgiveness of sins committed so far. The Lord Jesus calls the most hardened sinners not to be afraid to come to Him and promises that if they fulfill the condition of Confession and Holy Communion on the Feast of Mercy and turn to Him with trust, they will receive the grace of forgiveness of all sins. On that day, an “ocean of graces” (cf. Diary 699) flows down upon human souls.
“The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet.”(Diary, 699) “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)
- On the Feast of Mercy, we are to pray not only for ourselves, but also for our neighbours. The Lord Jesus calls us to pray for sinners and promises to embrace them by His mercy:
“Gather all sinners from the entire world and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. I want to give Myself to souls. I yearn for souls, My daughter. On the day of My Feast, the Feast of Mercy, you will go through the whole world and bring fainting souls to the spring of My Mercy. I shall heal and strengthen them.” (Diary 206)
- The Lord Jesus calls priests to speak of God’s Mercy on that day. The Lord Jesus wants all people to come to know this greatest attribute of God and take advantage of the extraordinary graces attached to the Feast of Mercy:
“No soul will be justified until it turns with confidence to My mercy, and this is why the first Sunday after Easter is to be the Feast of Mercy. On that day, priests are to tell everyone about My great and unfathomable Mercy.” (Diary 570) “Ask of my faithful servant (Fr. Michał Sopoćko, the confessor of St. Faustina) that, on this day, he tell the whole world of My great Mercy, that whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment.” (Diary 300)
In order to prepare worthily for the Feast of Mercy, Jesus wants us to say the Novena to the Divine Mercy with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy – for nine days before the Feast of Mercy. The novena should begin on Good Friday (cf. Diary 796)
In order to take full advantage of the extraordinary graces attached by the Lord Jesus to the Feast of Mercy you should:
- go to Confession on the Feast of Mercy. To make a good Confession five things are necessary: 1) Examination of Conscience 2)Sorrow for having offended God 3)A resolution of sinning no more 4)Confession of our sins 5)Satisfaction or penance
- receive Holy Communion on the Feast of Mercy with love and faith in the presence of the living Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament
- fulfill the conditions of devotion to the Divine Mercy (the attitude of trust in God and the attitude of mercy towards neighbours).
Without meeting the above conditions, we will not receive anything from the promises that the Lord Jesus attached to the Feast of Mercy (www.faustyna.pl)
Therefore, on this special day, which is the Feast of Mercy, one must confidently approach the Lord Jesus, asking Him for an “ocean of graces” (cf. Diary 699) from His infinite Mercy for oneself and the whole world. The Lord Jesus promises that every soul that trusts in God’s Mercy will receive graces attached to the Feast of Mercy. He said to St. Faustina:
“This Feast emerged from the very depths of My mercy and it is confirmed in the vast depths of My tender mercies. Every soul believing and trusting in My mercy will obtain it. “(Diary 420)