October 5 (Friday) is the liturgical feast of St. Faustina and the 80th anniversary of her birth in heaven. The main celebrations will take place at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, where she and her spiritual heritage have remained after her death. On this day, we will be giving thanks for the gift of the Apostle of Divine Mercy, her prophetic mission and all its fruits in a special way. Alongside, we will thank for the independence of our Country on its centennial independence. Masses in the Shrine’s chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina will be celebrated at: 6.30 am, 5.00 pm and 7.00, and in the basilica as on Sundays, except the Holy Mass at 1.30 pm. Prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited at 3pm, as every day.
On the occasion of the anniversary, at 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, all will be able to visit the space behind the religious closure, were Sister Faustina departed to the house the Heavenly Father, and make thanks for the gift of her life and spiritual heritage asking her to intercede in different intentions.
At 7 pm, in the Hall of John Paul II, there will be a performance entitled “I am with you”, based on the Diary, directed by Adam Woronowicz and performed by Aleksandra Posielężna, Karol Górki and Piotr Bondyra.
From 9.00 pm, in the Shrine’s chapel at the tomb of St. St. Faustina, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will be led by Sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The evening of grace and praise will end at 10.45 pm, i.e., at the hour when St. Faustina departed to the House of the Lord.
A traditional triduum of Masses with occasional sermons, which are celebrated 2-4 October in the Shrine’s chapel at 5 pm is held to prepare us for this solemnity.
Apostles of Divine Mercy from Poland and Slovakia will attend those events in a particular. From 1st to 5th October, they will be participating in a formative meeting with the word of God and the Diary of St. Faustina, under the lead of Fr. Krzysztof Wons, S.D.S., and Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy at the Łagiewniki Shrine.