Divine Mercy Sunday


(This article is from our friend, Dan Lynch at Dan Lynch Apostolates).

By Dan Lynch

Feast of Divine Mercy April 12, 2015    “I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of my tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fountain of my mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the Divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened.”  ~Jesus to Saint Faustina Kowalska

Dear Friend of Jesus King of All Nations,   Jesus revealed that the Devotion to Him as Jesus King of All Nations is to be “a companion devotion to that of My Mercy as given to My beloved daughter, Faustina, and to that of My Sacred Heart as given to My beloved daughter, Margaret Mary.” (Journal 165). The Devotion is in furtherance of the devotion to Christ the King as taught by Pope Pius XI in his encyclical letter Quas Primas.   At a time when our Culture of Death is growing, it is very appropriate to enthrone and venerate the image of Jesus King of All Nations. By doing this we will respond to the call of Pope Pius XI and receive abundant blessings. He wrote, “To secure an abundant and prominent harvest of blessings… it is necessary that our Savior’s royal dignity should be as widely as possible recognized… .”   We must recognize Him as our True King and implore His mercy for our country and our families. He will surely graciously grant His mercy to those peoples and nations that recognized Him as True King! Jesus is our sure refuge in these most evil and truly dangerous times.

The Image

Jesus Christ appeared in visions to an American woman that began in 1988 and her revelations have continued since then. She recorded her visions in a Journal. On December 17, 1988, Jesus appeared to her and said that He desired that an image be made according to the vision and that it be named, “Jesus, King of All Nations”. He said, “My daughter, great are the graces which will be granted through the proper veneration of this image of Mine.” (Journal 6-7).  The image was made according to the vision and named as Jesus requested.   Jesus told the visionary, who remains anonymous under the direction of her priest spiritual director, “This image is to be a sign that I rule Heaven and earth, and My Kingdom, My Reign, is near at hand. . . . I give this image to mankind as a source of graces and of peace. My Most Holy Mother is preparing the great triumph. The triumph of her Immaculate Heart ushers in the Reign of My Love and Mercy. . . .  I have come to entrust to you a message of great importance for the world. I tell you, My very little one, the days are coming when mankind will cry out to Me for mercy. I tell you, My child, that in these times only one thing will be given as a remedy. I Myself AM that remedy!!! Let souls give devotion to Me, through My Most Holy Mother, as ‘Jesus, King of All Nations’.” (Journal 7, 14, 159-160).
The image shows Jesus as King of All Nations crowned and holding the scepter of His kingship in His right hand. Above the scepter are three concentric rings as in one atom that symbolize the Most Holy Trinity, unity in God, in His Church and in nations. Rays of light shine from His wounds that symbolize His merciful graces. Blood flows from His wounded Sacred Heart upon all nations that symbolizes His love.   Around the bottom of the image is the ejaculation, “O Jesus, King of All Nations, may your reign be recognized on earth.”

Jesus said, “This image, my child, must become known. My daughter, those souls who venerate this image of Mine will be blessed with my peace.” (Journal 7, 14-15). We should respond to His call by enthroning and venerating His Image to receive His divine mercy and peace.

Enthrone and Venerate His Image for Divine Mercy

Jesus invited us to enthrone His image and to pray before it. He said, “My children, come before My Image and pray for your countries. Pray for your people. Pray for your families. Pray for My Mercy which I will graciously grant to those peoples and nations that acknowledge Me as True King! I AM your sure refuge in these most evil and truly dangerous times.” (Journal  24). That is why it is so appropriate to venerate His image on Divine Mercy Sunday.   He also said, “Enthrone this My image everywhere for I shall be powerfully present there and the Power of My Sovereign Kingship shall surely shield you from My Just Judgment. Be strong and do not lose hope. I Am with you to save you.” (Journal 418-419). His justice is coming soon! Please click here to learn how to enthrone your image of Jesus soon!

Image Enthroned

Patricia Hernandez of  San Francisco wrote to me,

I just want to let you know that the image of Jesus, King of all Nations was enthroned here in San Francisco! Present were Father Francis Htun assistant at St Finn Barrs church in San Francisco. Also present were Simon, a seminarian from Burma and my parents, Gladys and Uriel Hernandez. Brother Pol Palencia was also present from the Legion of Mary. Brother Pol said it may be the first one in San Francisco!

May this be part of the renewed Church in San Francisco whose Archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, is standing up with courage to the Culture of Death and presenting the fullness of the truth of the Catholic Church!

Jesus’ Prophecy and the Prophecy of Father Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI, of a Renewed Church

Jesus King of All Nations prophesied that “a great renewal of My Holy Church, of mankind and indeed of all creation will follow the cleansing action of My Justice.” He said, “How greatly I Love My people! It is for your good O mankind that I allow My Justice to be poured out in order to awaken your conscience and correct your sinful behaviour. Yet you see how dearly I Love you in that I continually warn you and even seek to comfort you in the pain of the cleansing which is almost upon you.” (Journal 414).   Similarly, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, then theologian Father Ratzinger, spoke about the future of the Church. He prophesied, “It will become small and will have to start pretty much all over again. It will no longer have use of the structures it built in its years of prosperity. The reduction in the number of faithful will lead to it losing an important part of its social privileges. It will be a more spiritual Church, and will not claim a political mandate flirting with the Right one minute and the Left the next. It will be poor and will become the Church of the destitute.” He prophesied that “when all the suffering is past, a great power will emerge from a more spiritual and simple Church” and that this renewed Church will be a sign of hope for those who have not come to know the love of God.   Let us respond to Jesus’ request to “come before His image” and let us receive His Divine Mercy to ease the pain of His cleansing which is almost upon us! Click here to order my book Chastisements – Preparation and Protection Against Them. Let us pray that Jesus is publicly proclaimed as our True King and that He receives the honor of soon being enthroned and venerated in His image in homes and Catholic churches throughout the world.

Jesus, King of All Nations

Jesus, King of All Nations

True Kingship

Pontius Pilate pointed to the scourged Jesus, and said to the crowd, “Behold, your King!” But the Chief Priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” (John 19:14-15).   Our True King is Jesus Christ and not the United States government. His kingdom does not belong to this world, but He came into the world to testify to the truth. (See John 18: 36-37.) When our government passes laws that force us to act against our consciences, it is tyranny in defiance of the Divine Law and sovereign rights of Jesus Christ our True King and Author of Life. Let us behold our True King, as Pilate said, and not renounce Him like the Chief Priests in favor of our worldly government. We must stand with St. Peter and declare, “Obedience to God comes before obedience to men.” (Acts 5:29).   Jesus once spoke of the Devotion saying, “My little one, I will work wonders through this Devotion to Me as ‘Jesus King of All Nations.’ ” Will you pray and show us your mercy by your financial support? Without your help for our apostolate, we cannot continue to spread the Devotion and the wonders of Jesus as He so desires.
Please help us to continue our work so that the image of Jesus will be enthroned in many homes and churches and He will work more and more wonders in our lives, our families, our nation and throughout the world!

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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29 Responses to Divine Mercy Sunday

  1. In that way that Our Lord has of connecting dots, the Year of Mercy ends on the Feast of Christ the King (!!!) 2016. One more thread in the Divine Tapestry. Thank you Dan! Will be ordering some images!

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  2. jobrower says:

    Are there any readers in southern New Mexico near El Paso,TX interested?


  3. EllenChris says:

    What a truly wonderful day today is! The torrents of Mercy are inexhaustible! If people only realized a tiny bit of how merciful and ready to forgive and heal Jesus is, they would not hang back but would run right to Him.

    Thanks for this Dan. lovely

    Many blessings of our good Lord Jesus’ most merciful love and goodness to all today and always!

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  4. Lizzyjane says:

    Blessed Divine Mercy Sunday! My favorite feast day! Jesus, I trust in You+++


  5. malachi99 says:

    Hi Charlie,
    Here is a link to another talk by Father Deeter that my be of benefit to some on this Mercy Sunday.


  6. Matthew says:

    Could we please return to using the authentic Vilnius image the one painted under the guidance of St. Faustina herself? I find the image posted above ( I call it Jesus-the-bearded-woman image) disturbing and even a little repulsive.
    PS: Worth noting that the face of the Vilnius image matches perfectly the face of the Shroud of Turin even though there is no known historical influence.

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    • MMBev says:

      In previous Divine Mercy Sundays, I have brought about 50 to 70 images of Divine Mercy framed which are blessed by the Bishop prior to Mass beginning. As people leave they are free to take one. This year I was unable to find frames inexpensive enough so couldn’t. (I needed to have frames 11″X17″, and always used the original image which my brother obtained years ago for me. That particular image became real during the Mass and the rays shone forth and penetrated the congregation, seen only by Sister now Saint Faustina. The rays penetrated the people in different amounts, depending upon their dispositions.) Because of this appearance of Jesus as the original image was displayed at the first Mass, I much prefer to see it displayed. There is an order in the United States that promotes Divine Mercy and they always use the original image.

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      • NancyA says:

        The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, from the order of St. Faustina, based near Boston. The offer a number of devotional items and images, holy cards and intention cards which can be sent as sympathy or other greetings. The Sisters add the named intention to their book and pray for them at the hour of mercy. http://www.sisterfaustina.org/


    • Howdy Matthew — The Church has approved all three of the mainstream Divine Mercy images. So the promise that “whosoever venerates this image shall not perish” applies to all three. We’re all allowed our preferences of course (and indeed the original Vilnius does admit some superiority in the sense that it matches up with the shroud image and it was the first Divine Mercy Image), but Vilnius has its problems too: first of all, St. Faustina cried when she saw it because she herself disliked it! It’s obviously not the most well drawn face. The one above is fine in my opinion — it reminds me of the most well known Sacred Heart Image.


    • EllenChris says:

      I never knew that about the Shroud and Vilnius images — interesting. Thanks for the info. To me, the Vilnius image looks very Polish. Myself, I like the one done by Hyla. But it is not about the artwork, more about the devotion. and Grace.


  7. Jim M. says:

    I must admit I’m struggling a bit with what appears to be a diversion from Divine Mercy Sunday. This Sunday was recognized as a feast day of the Church in the year 2000. The feast day came about as a result of serious scrutiny of St Faustina’a diary, her life and the miracles attributed to her. Divine Mercy Sunday promises us an incredible gift for those going to confession and receiving communion on this Feast day – the remission of all of our sins. It is our new Baptism.

    On this Feast of Divine Mercy, we read about a new devotion based on the journals of an anonymous locutionist. Not a word about any Bishops approval.

    While I appreciate the zeal in exhorting Jesus King of All Nations, I belive it inappropriate to pitch that on this day, and especially by more or less highjacking this day to do so. As far as solicitations for donations, I do not feel that was vetted very well.

    The message of Divine Mercy is so critical that it needs to stand alone. Particularly with Pope Francis declaring an upcoming year of Divine Mercy. We have speculated on when the doors of mercy might close, and now have a indication of when that may occur.

    Perhaps a future column discussing the details of the new devotion would be a good idea. But please don’t diminish the messages and graces from a Feast day of the Church In doing so.

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    • charliej373 says:

      That’s a fair criticism, Jim. Don’t blame it on Dan. He submitted this as a possibility but did not insist on a particular day. It was my editorial decision to run it today. In retrospect, I think your judgment is correct…I should have saved it for another day.

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      • Jim M. says:

        No sweat. I’d certainly be interested in hearing more about it another day.

        God Bless you, Charlie.


      • EllenChris says:

        I agree with Jim and with you here, Charlie. I wanted to give Dan his due, but Divine Mercy itself, and the great outpouring of Grace on the feast day are much more important. There are some wonderful images of Jesus Christ King of Kings out there — I find most of them more compelling than this one.

        The important thing ALWAYS is not the artwork or the devotional practices themselves, but only how well they serve to ignite our hearts with love for our good Lord Who loves us so much. St. Teresa of Avila wrote in her *Interior Castle*: “Do whatever most moves you to love.” That is the bottom line. What moves someone to love our good Lord more is okay by me, but the focus has to be on Him, Himself. I would just start with the Gospels. there’s plenty to love there!


      • Dan Lynch says:

        I apologize for offending anyone. I thought that the themes of the message were consistent with Charlie’s messages of a coming storm of justice, the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and a smaller church, as prophesied by Father Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI.

        Jesus told St. Faustina, “Before I come as the just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy.

        In his new revelations as King of All Nations, Jesus is preparing us for his justice. He gave us promises of healings, conversions and protection from his justice. He has completed the full private revelations of himself as love, mercy and justice as revealed in in the devotions to the Sacred Heart, Divine Mercy and King of All Nations.

        The original revelations of the medal and devotion of Jesus King of All Nations were communicated by His Secretary to her priest spiritual director. Her diocesan Chancellor said that no Imprimatur was necessary for these revelations and that they could be published.

        The devotional elements were granted a Nihil Obstat that declared they are free from doctrinal and moral error. Bishop Enrique Hernandez Rivera D.D., Bishop of Caguas, Puerto Rico, granted the Nihil Obstat. The Bishop said he recognized “the need to foster more devotion to Our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ, True King of All Nations.”

        “In the shadow of your wings I take refuge
        till the storms of destruction pass by.” (Psalm 57).

        Dan Lynch
        Dan Lynch Apostolates promoting devotion to
        Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations,
        Our Lady of America and Saint John Paul II
        Visit our website at http://www.JKMI.com
        E-Mail Us at JKMI@JKMI.com


        • charliej373 says:

          It was an excellent piece, Dan. The only fault is mine for having chosen to feature it on a day where I should have confined myself to the Divine Mercy solely. I am very grateful for the insight you bring, the friendship you have given, and the steadfast fidelity with which you serve the Lord. You keep sending stuff my way – and I promise to do a better job of making editorial decisions on when to run it. God bless.

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    • Jean says:

      Jim, or anyone, do you know the specific minimum requirements for obtaining the Special Promise from Jesus to Saint Faustina? I already know/understand the indulgence but I read that the Promise is something different from the indulgence and special, involving complete forgiveness of sin and removal of all punishment due. It was accompanied by a specific request of Jesus to receive the Eucharist on Divine Mercy Sunday and to venerate His Image.

      I said the Divine Mercy Novena faithfully every day since Good Friday. But I was at a mandatory retreat for a Catholic group I am involved with this weekend and they had Confessions and Mass on Saturday, not Sunday. They did put the image up for public veneration Sunday afternoon and we all said the Divine Mercy Chaplet. I also added my own private prayers for the Pope for 15 minutes. So I am sure I received the indulgence, full or partial by God’s judgement.

      But I am wondering if I lost the gifts of Jesus’ Special Promise by not receiving the Eucharist on Sunday? I am looking for the official position of the Church on this if you know it.



      • Petra says:

        I spoke to the pastor of my parish today, just before Mass, because I had a concern if I needed to go to confession for Divine Mercy Sunday since I had gone on Good Friday. Father told me, no, my confession on Good Friday would cover today’s feast. Then, my brother’s parish, which is a Polish parish and the Pastor there has great devotion to Divine Mercy, (in fact, he included the prayers for the intentions of the Pope in the liturgy, just before the closing blessing) published in the bulletin that confession within “about” 20 days either before or after the feast is acceptable.
        I am not certain about the reception of Eucharist on the Sunday to fulfill the conditions of for the plenary indulgence, but did your attendance at the Mass at the retreat count as your Sunday attendance? If it did, wouldn’t this be the “vigil” of Divine Mercy Sunday, and “count?”
        In any case, maybe you can contact the Marians of the Immaculate Conception on their web site http://www.DivineMercySunday.com and ask.


        • Jean says:

          Thank you for your answer. Yes I attended the Sunday vigil. This was the part I was worried about since we’re supposed to receive the Eucharist on Sunday itself.


      • Mick says:

        Jean, from what was read from the pulpit today at our Divine Mercy service, the Confession may take place up to a week before or after Divine Mercy Sunday; so yesterday’s Confession counted. And regarding your Mass yesterday: was it a Vigil Mass that fulfilled your Sunday obligation? If so, I would think that the Holy Communion would count as having been received on Divine Mercy Sunday.


        • Jean says:

          Yes it was the Vigil Mass. As mentioned above, I am worried about that since it wasn’t on Sunday.


          • Mick says:

            Jean, you’re fine. The Easter Vigil Mass counts as Mass for Easter Sunday; Mass on Christmas Eve evening counts for our obligation to attend Christmas Day Mass. So the Vigil Mass would fulfill the obligation for Mass attendance on Divine Mercy Sunday. So, you’re good to go.


    • Patrick says:

      Agree 100%…


  8. Phillip Frank says:

    But since this Sunday is a “feast” day, I appreciate the extra helping of graces from Dans post…..Now pass the butter….

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  9. Mick says:

    Thanks, Dan!

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  10. EllenChris says:

    A little off topic — but entirely relevant to current discussions — I hope it can be posted.

    Read the whole thing to the very end — it is absolutely brilliant! If we are going to be Christians, we should be Christians OUT LOUD! 🙂 🙂 If Gays want to target Christian businesses, then Christians can do their own thing:



    • malachi99 says:

      Hi EC,
      Great little piece. I haven’t read Father John in a while so it’s good to see he’s still batting them outta the park. Yes, the lefties and their gaggle of social commentators, celebs, and pseudo intellectuals think they have the game sown up. Definitely time to fight fire with fire. As someone once advised me, “don’t bring a sword to a tickle fight”. The whole homo lobby has successfully branded itself as the human rights cause of the century but has been very shy about putting forward any arguments of substance to back its claims. What it does have is style hence its huge success in deceiving and brain washing hundreds of thousands of people. We cannot underestimate the hugely influential power of style over substance in our overtly image based society. We know that we have truth on our side so we need to find more effective and appealing ways to capture the imaginations, then the hearts, then the minds of our young people especially. In the meanwhile Father John’s advice should be made known far and wide. In actual fact here in Ireland I have mentioned privately to some friends that should the “gay marriage” referendum pass we ought actively make a mockery out of the mockery. What I mean is we should turn up with friends and family members, mothers and sons, fathers and daughters, dogs and cats, man and beast and demand the recognition of the state of our loving unions. Now some might find this a bit extreme but it brings to the fore in a dramatic manner what is at stake in this battle over the nature of marriage and the identity of men and women. If marriage is all about love then there is absolutely no grounds that they could reject the proposal of hitherto incestuous relationships. There is absolutely no reason to deny a group of friends expressing there love for each other in a public civil ceremony. Its all about recognition and equality right!

      Any way these are just a few thought maybe Charlie and the rest of the gang can refine and develop them a bit more. J


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