DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
The Second Sunday of Easter was named Divine Mercy Sunday by Pope St. John Paul II following a request from Jesus in his private revelations to St. Faustina Kowalska. On this day, the final day of the octave celebration of Easter, Jesus promised to open the floodgates of his inexhaustible mercy and shower abundant graces on those who participate in this feast day. Liturgically, from ancient times the Easter Octave, culminating on the 8th day, has always been centered on the theme of Divine Mercy and forgiveness. According to Pope St. John Paul II, the Octave day of Easter Sunday is meant to be a day of “thanksgiving for the goodness God has shown to man in the whole Easter mystery,” that is, the Passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.