Understanding Divine Mercy Sunday

· Arrange for special diocesan and parish celebrations of Divine Mercy Sunday. · Invite participation in the special celebrations of Divine Mercy Sunday through diocesan publications, parish bulletins and mass media. · Encourage parishes and schools to obtain and make available Divine Mercy video and audio tapes and literature related to the Divine Mercy. A variety of such materials are available from the Marian Helpers Center, telephone: 800-462-7426. · Encourage the practice of Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy as a way of life. Celebrations of Divine Mercy Sunday may be as varied as the individuals planning them. For example: 1. An afternoon celebration of Holy Eucharist, with an appropriate homily, ending with the praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet at the Hour of Great Mercy. 2. A Divine Mercy Holy Hour with Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, a homily, the praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and ending with Benediction during the Hour of Great Mercy, 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon. 3. Veneration of the Divine Mercy Image with a procession, appropriate hymns and The Divine Mercy Chaplet, followed by a blessing with the Image. 3. Indulgences available to the Faithful for Mercy Sunday Devotions On June 29, 2002, in a decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Holy Father Pope John Paul II granted a plenary and a partial indulgence to the devout observance of the Second Sunday of Easter, “Divine Mercy Sunday.” The decree offers: a plenary indulgence, granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honour of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout