Jesus' personal messages and prayers were given directly to St Faustina, who wrote these down in her diary, Divine Mercy In My Soul. As we say these prayers or observe The Divine Mercy Devotion through the aid of her diary, let us ask St Faustina to pray with us and help us through our 'Journey of Mercy'.
Jesus specifically asked for the Feast of Mercy to be celebrated on the First Sunday after Easter (or the Octave Day of Easter). On 30 April 2000, during St Faustina's Canonization, St John Paul II proclaimed that this Sunday would be also known as Divine Mercy Sunday.
"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. 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 grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity.The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness... Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy." (Diary 699)
"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... write, tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near." (Diary 965)
Venerate The Divine Mercy Image
After Jesus asked St Faustina to have His Image painted, He later told her, "I desire that this Image be displayed in public on the first Sunday after Easter. That Sunday is the Feast of Mercy. Through the Word Incarnate, I make known the bottomless depth of My mercy." (Diary 88)
"I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature, Jesus, I trust in You. (Diary 327)
When St Faustina saw the image the artist had first painted of her vision, she was so disappointed that she wept and asked Jesus, "Who would paint You as beautiful as You are?"
Jesus replied, "Not in the beauty of the colour, nor of the brush lies the greatness of this image, but in My grace." (Diary 313)
Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet
The Divine Mercy Chaplet may be said at any time, not necessarily at 3:00pm, the Hour of Mercy. It is a very powerful prayer, especially for the dying.
The souls that will say this chaplet will be embraced by My mercy during their lifetime and especially at the hour of their death." (Diary 754)
... and the Novena of Chaplets
On two instances, Jesus instructed St Faustina to pray the Novena of Chaplet:
"I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fount of My mercy, that they may draw therefrom strength and refreshment and whatever graces they need in the hardships of life and, especially, at the hour of death.
On each day you will bring to My Heart a different group of souls, and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy, and I will bring all these souls into the house of My Father. You will do this in this life and in the next. I will deny nothing to any soul whom you will bring to the fount of My mercy. On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My bitter Passion, for graces for these souls." (Diary 1209)
Remember The Hour of Great Mercy - 3 o'clock Prayer
Jesus asked St Faustina:
"I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in my Mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment Mercy was opened wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world - Mercy triumphed over Justce.
A Message for you
"All those souls who will glorify My mercy and spread its worship, encouraging others to trust in My mercy, will not experience terror at the hour of death. My mercy will shield them in that final battle..." (Diary 1540)
Read about St Faustina's Insights
As the Apostle of Jesus, The Divine Mercy, St Faustina recorded her conversations with Jesus in her diary, Divine Mercy In My Soul, and shares with us her inspiration on The Blessed Trinity - their being, their equality & their majesty; on her spiritual encounters with Heaven, Hell & Purgatory; insights on Love, Silence & Suffering; and much more...