Sunday, April 12, 2015

Divine Mercy Sunday

The Sunday after Easter will always be known as Divine Mercy Sunday, as people pray the novena handed down to us by St Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun and visionary, who was pushed away by many church authorities in her time and after her death. But Pope St John Paul, a Polish himself, re-opened her case and authenticated her visions, and even canonized her in the year 2000, precisely on Divine Mercy Sunday. The faithful pray the novena by reciting 50 times "For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."
At a stadium celebration of the Feast of Divine Mercy in the Philippines, thousands in prayer, witnessed a very special grace, confirming the message of St Faustina: “Jesus, I trust in You”. The Glory of God’s Promise of his faithfulness to His people long ago in the Old Testament made clear again in His Rainbow on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7, 2013. The Rainbow spanned the sky above the largest Divine Mercy Shrine in the world, the shrine towering at 75 feet; the Divine Mercy statue at 50-feet. The shrine is located at Divine Mercy Hills in El Salvador City of Misamis Oriental on the island of Mindanao.
The Philippines is on fire for Divine Mercy, and it all started with simple prayer cards printed by the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. U.S. servicemen brought these Divine Mercy prayer cards with them to the Pacific Theater during World War II. The message and devotion found a beachhead in the Philippines, and the rest is history!

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