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Divine Mercy Sunday at the Shrine

4/16/23, 2:00 PM

Divine Mercy Sunday at the Shrine

The Deanery of the La Crosse Diocese has chosen the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse for the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday. You are invited to make a pilgrimage for Divine Mercy Sunday.

Divine Mercy Sunday, April 16, 2023

8:00 am - Shrine Opens

8:30 am - Confession

9:00 am - Traditional Latin Mass

10:30 am - Confession

11:00 am - Spanish Mass

12:00 pm - Divine Mercy Chaplet in Spanish

12:30 pm - Confession

1:00 pm - English Mass

2:30 pm - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

2:45 pm - Divine Mercy Reflection & Consecration

3:00 pm - Divine Mercy Chaplet

3:15 pm - Benediction & Reposition

3:30 pm - St. Faustina Relic Blessing and Veneration

5:00 pm - Shrine Closes

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The Message of Divine Mercy 

(Quoted text indicates the words of Our Lord to Saint Faustina and recorded in her Diary)

The Image of the Divine Mercy - Jesus is shown raising His right hand in blessing, and pointing with His left hand on His chest from which flow forth two rays:  one red and one pale.  The rays streaming out have symbolic meaning:  red for the Blood of Jesus, which is the life of souls, and pale white for the water, which justifies souls (cf. Dairy 299)  The whole image is symbolic of charity, forgiveness, and love of God, referred to  as the “Fountain of Mercy.”  The image is based on Saint Faustina's 1931 vision of Jesus. “By means of this image I shall be granting many graces to souls; so let every soul have access to it.”  (570)

The Feast of Divine Mercy - “The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness.  It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter.  Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.” (699) “I want the image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it.” (341)

The Hour of Great Mercy - “As often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My Mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul.” (1572)

The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy - The Chaplet is a very powerful prayer for the dying (cf. 1797); for the conversion of sinners (cf. 687); to obtain special graces and favors (cf. 1541); to appease God’s anger (cf. 476); to avert natural disasters (cf. 474; 1128); and to dispel the attacks of the evil one (cf. 1798).  It is to be prayed in a spirit of trust and humility.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy as a Novena before the Feast of Mercy - “By this Novena [of Chaplets], I will grant every possible grace to souls.” (796)  The Chaplet is said at anytime, but Our Lord asked specifically that it be recited as a Novena before the Feast of Mercy starting on Good Friday (cf. 796).  This Novena can be found in the Diary from 1209-1230.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the Presence of the Dying - “Write that when they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as a just Judge but as the merciful Savior.” (1541)

Jesus Asked Everyone to Proclaim His Mercy - “Proclaim to the whole world My unfathomable mercy.” (1142)  “Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of God.  All the works of My hand are crowned with mercy.” (301)  “Souls who spread the honor of My mercy I shield through their entire life as a tender mother her infant, and at the hour of death, I will not be a judge for them, but the Merciful Savior.” (1075)  “Do whatever is within your power to spread devotion to My Mercy.  I will make up for what you lack.  Tell aching mankind to snuggle close to My merciful Heart, and I will fill it with peace.”  (1074)

Jesus told Saint Faustina, “When you approach the confessional, know this, that I Myself am waiting there for you.  I am only hidden by the priest, but I Myself act in your soul.  Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy.” (Diary 1602)