Divine Mercy Sunday
First celebrated on 2nd Sunday of Easter in the Jubilee year 2000, when Pope John Paul II canonized the 1st saint of the new millennium, Faustina Kowalska.
John Paul II died on the vigil of this feast in 2005; Papa Benedict XVI beatified JPII on Divine Mercy Sunday 2011. Pope Francis celebrated his 1st Mass at St John Lateran Basilica as Bishop of Rome on the Feast of Divine Mercy 2013, Popes John XXIII & John Paul II were canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday 2014, & in 2015 Pope Francis is giving the Bull of Indiction about the Year of Divine Mercy
Papa Francis's words on Divine Mercy Sunday: 2014 (canonization of Popes John XXIII & John Paul II) & 2013 (Mass for Possession of Chair of the Bishop of Rome).
Papa Benedict XVI's words on Divine Mercy Sunday: 2012, 2011 (JPII's beatification), 2010, 2009 (4th anniversary of his election to the Chair of Peter), 2008, 2007 (the celebration of his 80th birthday) & 2006.
St John Paul II's words for Divine Mercy Sunday: 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 & 2000.
'To humanity, which sometimes seems bewildered and overwhelmed by the power of evil, of selfishness and fear, the Risen Lord offers as a gift his love which pardons, reconciles and reopens the soul to hope. It is a love which converts hearts and gives peace. What great need the world has to understand and accept Divine Mercy!
Lord, who by your death and resurrection reveal the love of the Father , we believe in You and with confidence repeat to you this day: Jesus, I trust in You, have mercy upon us and upon the whole world.' - JPII's text for Divine Mercy Sunday 2005
Totus2us has free mp3 audio recordings of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Novena in English, French, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish. Plus the chaplet prayers in Arabic, Czech, German, Greek, Latin, Polish & Slovak.
Divine Mercy Sunday 2015
Pope Francis's Homily at First Vespers for Divine Mercy Sunday
Saint Peter's Basilica, Saturday 11th April 2015
- in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese & Spanish
"The greeting of the Risen Christ to his disciples on the evening of Easter, “Peace be with you!” (Jn 20, 19), continues to resound in us all. Peace, especially during this Easter season, remains the desire of so many people who suffer unprecedented violence of discrimination and death simply because they bear the name “Christian”. Our prayer is all the more intense and becomes a cry for help to the Father, who is rich in mercy, that he may sustain the faith of our many brothers and sisters who are in pain. At the same time, we ask for the grace of the conversion of our own hearts so as to move from indifference to compassion.
Saint Paul reminds us that we have been saved through the mystery of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. He is the Reconciler, who is alive in our midst offering the way to reconciliation with God and with each other. The Apostle recalls that, notwithstanding the difficulties and the sufferings of life, the hope of salvation which Christ has sown in our hearts nonetheless continues to grow. The mercy of God is poured out upon us, making us just and giving us peace.
Many question in their hearts: why a Jubilee of Mercy today? Simply because the Church, in this time of great historical change, is called to offer more evident signs of God’s presence and closeness. This is not the time to be distracted; on the contrary, we need to be vigilant and to reawaken in ourselves the capacity to see what is essential. This is a time for the Church to rediscover the meaning of the mission entrusted to her by the Lord on the day of Easter: to be a sign and an instrument of the Father’s mercy (cf Jn 20, 21-23). For this reason, the Holy Year must keep alive the desire to know how to welcome the numerous signs of the tenderness which God offers to the whole world and, above all, to those who suffer, who are alone and abandoned, without hope of being pardoned or feeling the Father’s love. A Holy Year to experience strongly within ourselves the joy of having been found by Jesus, the Good Shepherd who has come in search of us because we were lost. A Jubilee to receive the warmth of his love when he bears us upon his shoulders and brings us back to the Father’s house. A year in which to be touched by the Lord Jesus and to be transformed by his mercy, so that we may become witnesses to mercy. Here, then, is the reason for the Jubilee: because this is the time for mercy. It is the favourable time to heal wounds, a time not to be weary of meeting all those who are waiting to see and to touch with their hands the signs of the closeness of God, a time to offer everyone, everyone, the way of forgiveness and reconciliation.
May the Mother of God open our eyes, so that we may comprehend the task to which we have been called; and may she obtain for us the grace to experience this Jubilee of Mercy as faithful and fruitful witnesses of Christ."