Why Catholics Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday

Parish News

On the 2nd Sunday of Easter of 2000, at the Mass for the canonization of St. Faustina , Pope John Paul II proclaimed that “from now on throughout the Church, this Sunday will be called Divine Mercy Sunday.”

The responsorial psalm and Gospel for cycles A,B and C center on the theme of mercy. In Psalm 118 we sing 3 times “His mercy endures forever.” The Gospel from John 20:19-31 includes the passage where Jesus gives the apostles the power of God’s mercy for the sinner, the gift of forgiving sins from God’s treasure of mercy. From Holy Thursday to Easter to the Eighth Day of Easter, the divine love of mercy is chanted amid abundant alleluias.