My Heart rejoices in this feast.Jesus. Diary, 998.
There are 23 apparitions of Faustina regarding this feast. From this we can deduce the importance of this Feast which is also linked to some promises that Jesus himself made. We find the first apparition concerning this feast immediately after and connected to the appearance of Plock on 22 February 1931, here are the words of the Savior:
“I desire that there be a Feast of Mercy. I want this image, which you will paint with a brush, to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter; that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy.”Jesus. Diary, 49.
Request which will then be further confirmed:
“I desire that the first Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy.”Jesus. Diary, 299.
The greatness and importance of this feast is also evident from the apparition received on Sunday in Albis on April 28, 1935 in which the image of the Merciful Jesus was publicly exposed for the first time:
Toward the end of the service, when the priest took the Blessed Sacrament to bless the people, I saw the Lord Jesus as He is represented in the image. The Lord gave His blessing, and the rays extended over the whole world. Suddenly, I saw an impenetrable brightness in the form of a crystal dwelling place, woven together from waves of brilliance unapproachable to both creatures and spirits. Three doors led to this resplendence. At that moment, Jesus, as He is represented in the image, entered this resplendence through the second door to the Unity within. It is a triple United, which is incomprehensible – which is infinity. I head a voice, This Feast emerged from the very depths of My mercy, and it is confirmed in the vast depths of My tender mercies. Every soul believing and trusting in My mercy will obtain it. I was overjoyed at the immense goodness and greatness of my God.Diary, 420.
It is a feast, the Lord will say, which must be
a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinnersJesus. Diary, 699.
In 1937 Jesus called the feast of Mercy “the last table of salvation” (Diary 965) given to humanity so that it does not perish.
The promises concern the total remission of sins and penalties and the donation of countless other graces. We find them in the Diary in three passages:
“… whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment.”Jesus. Diary, 300.
“… 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 graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet.”Jesus. Diary, 699.
“I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy.”Jesus. Diary, 1109.
For the day of the feast, Jesus makes requests to Santa Faustina and indirectly to each of us:
- Preparation through the novena to Divine Mercy: In December 1936 Faustina received this commitment to recite a novena that would begin on Good Friday by saying to her “during this novena I will bestow grace of all kinds on souls” (Diary 796). Commitment also confirmed on Good Friday 1937 (Diary 1059). The novena is found in the Diary, numbers 1209 – 1229.
- Public worship of the Sacred Image: with the exhibition, to public veneration (Diary 88) and the solemn blessing of the Image (Diary 49; 341; 742).
- The commitment to intercede on that day for needy souls: “on the day of My feast, the Feast of Mercy, you will go through the whole world and bring fainting souls to the spring of My mercy. I shall heal and strengthen them” (Diary 206).
- A special request for priests to speak of Divine Mercy on that day: “ask of my faithful servant that, on this day, he tell the whole world of My great mercy” (Diary 300); “On that day, priests are to tell everyone about My great and unfathomable mercy.” (Diary 570).
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