St Faustina wrote: When I learned how great are the difficulties in this whole work, I went to the Lord and said, "Jesus, don't You see how they are hindering Your work?" And I heard a voice in my soul:
"Do as much as in your power, and don't worry about the rest. These difficulties prove that this work is Mine. Be at peace so long as you do all that is in your power." (Diary 1295)
With this Divine Mercy Apostolate the image of Jesus visits homes and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the nine-day Divine Mercy Novena and other Divine Mercy prayers are said. Songs or hymns may be sung during the prayers. This is how you can start it:
It is important to have The Divine Mercy Image displayed in our homes as Jesus told St Faustina, "My gaze from this image is like My gaze from the cross." (Diary 326) "By means of this image, I shall be granting many graces to souls; so let every soul have access to it." (Diary 570)
Here is how we started this apostolate:
It's not difficult to organize the Feast of Mercy or Divine Mercy Sunday celebration. The first thing you need to do is to talk to your Parish Priest and express your desire to celebrate the Feast on the First Sunday after Easter - Divine Mercy Sunday. Make a suggestion to celebrate the Feast during one of the Parish Masses. Be prepared, however, to be turned down as not all Parish Priests are open to the idea of celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday. If this happens, thank him graciously, and do not argue with him. Instead, ask permission to use the Parish Church for your Divine Mercy celebration. If he accedes, find a Priest to celebrate the Feast. If he doesn't, talk to another Parish Priest. It's always good to pray for guidance before attempting to do anything.
A Parish Priest once told us that he had the option to celebrate the Octave of Easter rather than Divine Mercy Sunday, despite the decree of Pope John Paul II on May 5, 2000 proclaiming the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. We couldn't comprehend his reasoning as there really is no deviation from the Mass proper. The liturgy still proclaims Jesus Christ's Paschal Mystery. If anything, the significance of the Octave of Easter is reinforced by the celebration of God's Mercy through the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus. We thanked him for his time and prayed for him.
After you find a priest and a venue, ask friends and family to help you. Delegate most if not all of the tasks as you will coordinate everything on the day itself. It is very important to advertise the event through Parish Bulletins, posters, flyers, word of mouth or in any manner you see fit. We have celebrated the Feast of Mercy as follows:
If you would like us to help you, send us an email via the Contact Us page.
How to personally prepare for the Feast:
See the Divine Mercy Prayers on this website.