The Feast of Mercy, in accordance with the wishes of Jesus expressed to St. Faustina and the decisions of the Holy Father John Paul II, is celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter (this year it is April 23). The central ceremony held at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. They will be preceded by a novena of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy made on Good Friday, and a night vigil which starts in the Basilica on Saturday at 9:00 pm. Sunday Masses at the Shrine of Divine Mercy will be the celebrated according to the following program:
0:00 am (midnight) – Bp Grzegorz Ryś (basilica)
6:00 am – Fr. Krzysztof Gryz, W.S.D. rector (basilica)
8:00 am – Fr. Stanisław Olszówka, Mirted prelate (basilica)
10:00 am – Bp Marek Jędraszewski, Archbishop of Krakow (field altar in front of the basilica – transmission in TVP 1)
12:30 pm – Fr. Marian Waligóra, O.S.P.E. (basilica)
3:00 pm – Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy – Fr. Prelate Franciszek Ślusarczyk, Rector of the Shrine and the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy (basilica)
4:00 pm – Bp Damian Muskus (basilica)
6:00 pm – Bp Jan Zając (basilica)
7:00 pm – Fr. Andrzej Zagórski, M.S. (chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina)
Masses from the basilica, the Hour of Mercy prayer (3:00 pm), and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be broadcast by TV Milosierdzie at the website of our Rectory, www.milosierdzie.pl, whereas Holy Mass at 7:00 pm and visitation of the Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina by pilgrims will be live streamed at www.faustyna.pl
The celebration of Mercy Sunday in Lebanon will be presided over by Bishop Georges Eskandar, responsible for the apostolate of Mercy in this country. At the ceremony, Sr. Vianeya Dabrowska and Sr. Diana Kuczek from the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will share the message of God’s Mercy with the faithful, as provided by Sister Faustina. At 3 pm, the sisters will participate in the prayer of the Hour of Mercy and a solemn procession with the image of Merciful Jesus. On this day, the sisters will continue to preach the message of Mercy during the ceremony in Dibivi, where Holy Mass will also be celebrated and a procession will honor the Divine Mercy.
At the Shrine of Divine Mercy in the Old Market Square in Płock – the place of the revelation of Divine Mercy image and Feast of Mercy to St. Faustyna – on April 23, the Mercy Sunday, Holy Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 am, 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm. Bishop Mirosław Milewski will preside over the ceremonial Eucharist at the Cathedral of Płock at 11.30 am. At 2.00 pm, the worship of the Divine Mercy will begin at the Old Market, which will end the prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
The parish of Wolfsberg, Austria, has invited the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy for the Feast of the Divine Mercy, April 23. The program of the meeting includes Holy Mass with Bishop Alois Schwarz, veneration of Divine Mercy, testimony, prayer at the Hour of Mercy and conferences. The school of Merciful Jesus, in which St. Faustina was a pupil, will be presented by Sr. Koleta Fronckowiak from the convent in Krakow-Łagiewniki.
On the Feast of Divine Mercy, sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy from Rio de Janeiro will celebrate at the cathedral and the Church of Divine Mercy. During the main celebrations, in the cathedral of St. Sebastian, Sr. Solange will be sharing the message of Mercy, which Jesus entrusted to St. Faustina. Sister Solange spent 20 years at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki.
In Warsaw, on the Sunday of Divine Mercy, April 23rd, the consecration of the Church of Divine Mercy and St. Sister Faustina at ul. Żytnia will take place. At 11 am, the solemn Holy Mass will be presided over by the Warsaw Metropolitan, Kazimierz Cardinal Nycz, and sisters of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will participate. The church is a former chapel of the Congregation, where from the second half of the nineteenth century, the sisters would pray with their pupils. Also, Sister Faustina prayed there, when she was staying at the General House of the Congregation at ul. Żytnia.
On April 23rd, the feast of Divine Mercy, sisters of the Congregation of the Sister of Our Lady of Mercy, Sr. Anastasis and Sr. Martyna will be sharing the message of Mercy as recorded in the Diary of Sister Faustina with the faithful at the Diocesan Shrine of the Blessed Martyrs Archbishop Antoni Julian Nowowiejski and Bishop Leon Wetmański in Działdowo. At every Mass (5) they will reveal the mystery of God’s Mercy and the example of St. Faustina, teaching how to respond to this pre-eminent love of God with an attitude of trust in Him and mercy towards others.
On 20-23 April, in Cairo, Egypt, the 1st Middle East Congress of Divine Mercy will take place. It will be attended by apostles of Divine Mercy from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. In the event, held under the slogan “Mercy – our mission and our cause in the Middle East”, two sisters from the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy’s convent in Krakow-Łagiewniki will participate as well. Sister Vianeya Dąbrowska will give a conference on the school of mercy of St. Faustina, and Sr. Diana Kuczek on mercy in the teaching of St. John Paul II. The organizers of the Congress are the Franciscan fathers ministering in Egypt.
The Misericordia publishing company of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy has released a new translation of St. Faustina Kowalska’s Diary into French, prepared by Ewa Optołowicz and Agnieszka Gueur. The work on this translation and theological consultation took several years. The book, in full and pocket size, is available for purchase in the official Misericordia stores at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki and in the online store at: www.misericordia.faustyna.pl.
At the beginning of April, the “Misericordia” publishing company of the Congregation of the Sisters of our Lady of Mercy will release the Diary of St. Faustina in a radio adaptation, which was created in the early 1990s, for Catholic radio stations. It includes the most important fragments of the book. The former “Mariackie” Radio in Cracow recorded 119 episodes, 8-10 minutes each, which tell the story of the life of the Apostle of the Divine Mercy in chronological order. Poems were omitted in this adaptation, as well as some prayers or other texts, less significant for the life, mission and spirituality of the Saint. The radio adaptation of the Diary is, therefore, not an audiobook, or a complete text of the Diary, but a selection of the most important fragments in chronological order.
The radio version of the Diary was prepared by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, ZMBM, and the music was composed by Sr. Emanuela Gemza, ZMBM, Sr. M.. Eliana Chmielewska, ZMBM, and Sr. Jana Maria Krnáčová, ZMBM.