The second Sunday of Easter marks the Easter Octave, eight days from the celebration of Easter Sunday. In Church tradition, it has been a special day of thanksgiving and celebration of the merciful love of God, who sent His Son Jesus to show us true love, mercy and forgiveness.

On the second Sunday of Easter in the year 2000, Pope St John Paul II canonised Sr Faustina, a polish nun, who had worked hard all her life to make God’s love and mercy known. He also formally dedicated this day as the Feast of Divine Mercy.

St Faustina received extraordinary revelations of God’s mercy throughout her life, which she recorded in her diary. One such revelation was a vision of Jesus, His right hand touching His heart from which poured two rays of blue and red. In the vision, Jesus told St Faustina to paint exactly what she could see, and to write underneath the words ‘Jesus, I trust in you’.

Today, the image known as ‘Jesus, The Divine Mercy’ inspires believers around the world to trust in the love, mercy and forgiveness of God. As we share the joy of the Resurrection, especially during our Eastertide celebrations, we are reminded of God’s love and mercy and that, like the first disciples, we are called to trust in Jesus, who always keeps His promises.

The resource we’ve created to celebrate this special Feast is in two parts which can be used together, or  as two stand-alone resources. Part 1 is an introduction to St Faustina and the image, ‘Jesus, The Divine Mercy’; and Part 2 is a guide to praying The Chaplet of Divine Mercy, intended for KS2 pupils.

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The Feast of Divine Mercy

The Feast of Divine Mercy

The second Sunday of Easter is known as Divine Mercy Sunday, or the Feast of Divine Mercy. It marks the Easter Octave, a special day of thanksgiving when we recall with joy Jesus’ death and Resurrection. We celebrate the goodness of God the Father, who sent His Son, Jesus, to show us true love, mercy and forgiveness. This resource introduces St Faustina, a Polish nun with a special devotion to the mercy of God. It also includes the Chaplet of Divine Mercy as an optional and stand-alone prayer resource for KS2.

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