Understanding Divine Mercy Sunday

Table of Contents Introduction I. Divine Mercy Sunday, the Pope, and St. Faustina..........................................................5 II. Prophetic Revelations and Popular Devotions in the Life of the Church: Selected Texts 12 III. The “Extraordinary Graces” of Divine Mercy Sunday by Robert Stackpole, S.T.D. 16 1. The Promise and the Liturgical Tradition16 2. The Promise Draws us to the Sacraments18 3. Theological Analysis of the Extraordinary Graces Promised for Mercy Sunday 19 IV. The Celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday.........................................................................30 1. Preparing for Divine Mercy Sunday 30 2. Celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday 32 3. Indulgences available to the faithful for Divine Mercy Sunday devotions 34 V. Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Justin Rigali 36 Appendix A: The Church’s Teaching on Indulgences 40 Appendix B: The Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship .................................44 and the Discipline of the Sacraments, May 5, 2000

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