7 Attainable Steps to Receiving God’s Graces During Divine Mercy Sunday.

Do you ever feel like you’re struggling to stay in a state of grace? I especially felt this way when I learned that even though we are given the grace of forgiveness of our sins in the confessional, some punishment may still remain. These are the temporal punishments we clean our souls from in purgatory, if they are not atoned for in this life. But do not worry just yet que Divine Mercy Sunday.

Much of the material contained in this blog post was provided by permission of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the BVM, including content sourced from their website referenced herein: TheDivineMercy.org

What is Divine Mercy Sunday and Why is it Important?

Divine Mercy Sunday also known as The Feast of Divine Mercy is celebrated the Sunday after Easter every year.  This means you can receive these graces from God every year for the rest of your life.  Amazing, right? Jesus’ Extraordinary Promise of Divine Mercy Sunday is like a second baptism. Jesus told St. Faustina,

“My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. 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. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the First Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy”

(Diary 699).


When is Divine Mercy Sunday?

Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated the Sunday after every Easter every year until the end of time.

What Can I Obtain From The Feast of Divine Mercy?

On this day, your sins will be completely forgiven. The consequences of your sins will also be forgiven. This day according to Father Chris Alar, “it cleanses you from everything from your past (source, TheDivineMercy.org on YouTube).” It is also a day when you can receive an abundant amount of grace from Jesus. All you have to do is ask.

How to Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday?

According to TheDivineMercy.org, “To receive the extraordinary graces of this feast, the only condition is to receive Holy Communion worthily on Divine Mercy Sunday (or the vigil celebration) by making a good Confession beforehand and staying in the state of grace, and receive with great trust in Divine Mercy.”

Asking God for his mercy.

“Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world (source, TheDivineMercy.org).” 

Making a good confession either the day before or beforehand. Make sure you stay in the state of grace.

Reciting this Prayer to Receive the Graces of Divine Mercy Sunday

“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, You promised St. Faustina that the soul that has been to Confession [I have] and the soul that receives Holy Communion with trust in Divine Mercy [I have] will receive the complete forgiveness of all sins and punishment. Lord, please give me this grace. Jesus, I trust in You (source, TheDivineMercy.org).”

Receiving Holy Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday (or the vigil celebration). 

Venerating The Divine Mercy Image, by praying with your heart “Jesus, I trust in You.”

Practicing mercy in word and deed.

“Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us (source, TheDivineMercy.org).”

Trusting God.

“Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that all the graces of His mercy can only be received by our trust. The more we open the door of our hearts and lives to Him with trust, the more we can receive (source, TheDivineMercy.org).”

Praying for the intentions of our Holy Father, Pope Francis

Can I Pray the Divine Mercy Novena Beforehand?

Yes, one of the purpose of Chaplet of the Divine Mercy Novena is for the preparation of Divine Mercy Sunday. Please start the novena nine days before Divine Mercy Sunday. TIP: Start on Good Friday.

What if My Church Does NOT Celebrate the Feast?

As long as you follow the steps above, the Divine Mercy Sunday can be celebrated on your own.

What if I can NOT get to Church?

According to Father Chris Alar, “you may make an act of contrition and an act of spiritual Communion, asking God for forgiveness of your sins or to come into your heart in spiritual Communion to be united with him as if you did receive him sacramentally (source, TheDivineMercy.org on YouTube).”

Can Non-Catholic Also Receive these Graces?

Father Chris Alar said, “Yes, God’s mercy is for everyone. If you are a non-catholic, do the same thing. Make an Act of Contrition, telling God you’re sorry. And an Act of Spiritual Communion, unite with me Lord (source, TheDivineMercy.org on YouTube).”

Where Can I Get More Information?

Click Here for the Official TheDivineMercy.org Website.

Click Here for Father Chris Alar’s YouTube talk on Divine Mercy Sunday.


When is Divine Mercy 2023?

Divine Mercy Sunday is on April 16, 2023

This year will be my first time celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday. I am so excited. God, has blessed me with this message, so I am sharing it with you. Please let me know in the comments below if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Much of the material contained in this blog post was provided by permission of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the BVM, including content sourced from their website referenced herein: TheDivineMercy.org

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