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Q. What is the correct way to organize a program for Divine Mercy Sunday?

A. When planning your Divine Mercy Sunday celebration, keep in mind that there is no one "correct" way to celebrate the Feast Day. Every parish organizes a celebration that fits in with its needs.

Here are a few suggestions:

To receive the ocean of graces the Lord promised on Divine Mercy Sunday, the only condition is to receive Holy Communion worthily on that day by making a good confession in preparation and living in such a way that you remain in the state of grace to be able to receive that Holy Communion with great trust in His Divine Mercy. Through the promise to grant complete forgiveness of sins and punishment on the Feast of Mercy, our Lord emphasizes the value of Confession and Communion as miracles of mercy.

If your pastor is willing to have an extra Mass in the afternoon and preach in greater depth about mercy in that homily, that is wonderful. You could also have a Holy Hour before the Mass, in which someone can speak on Mercy, or read passages from the Diary or a Scripture on Mercy, pray the Chaplet, (if there is someone qualified to expose the Blessed Sacrament for Adoration and Benediction, that is a marvelous addition to your Holy Hour), sing hymns appropriate to the Easter Season whatever fits in to your particular parish's needs and abilities.

Our Lord also requested that the Image of The Divine Mercy be solemnly venerated on that day. I want the image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it (Diary 341).

Also, the works of mercy are an important part of the Divine Mercy devotion. Jesus told St. Faustina: Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be acts of mercy. I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it (Diary 742).

Suggested Reading:
How to Prepare for Mercy Sunday

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