How to Obtain the Unique Plenary Indulgence Jesus Offers on Divine Mercy Sunday

The Divine Mercy plenary indulgence is probably the most powerful grace you can receive all year.

The feast of the Divine Mercy is the first Sunday following Easter Sunday.

In Saint Faustina’s diary, Jesus explains how to obtain the unique graces on Divine Mercy Sunday:

“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. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though his sins be as scarlet….Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the fount of My Mercy.” (Diary, 699)

What makes the Divine Mercy Sunday Plenary Indulgence so unique?

To obtain a plenary indulgence throughout the year, the individual must be detached from all sin, which is very difficult.

However, Jesus does not require complete detachment from sin with the special graces he offers on Divine Mercy. This is the only time complete detachment from sin is not required.

How to obtain complete remission of all sin on Divine Mercy Sunday

1) Go to Confession before or on Divine Mercy weekend

2) Receive Holy Communion Divine Mercy weekend 

Father Chris Alar of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception also explains in a great video how souls can obtain the incredible graces Jesus offers us on Divine Mercy Sunday.

He describes how Divine Mercy Sunday is one of the greatest feasts of the year.

“Never will your soul be cleaner other than the moment of your original baptism than it is on that day–Divine Mercy Sunday.”

Listen to his explanation below:

Click here if you cannot see the video above.

Pope Saint John Paul II’s Vatican Decree for Divine Mercy Sunday Indulgences

The Vatican Apostolic Penitentiary Decree entitled, “Indulgences attached to devotions in honor of Divine Mercy” also grants an indulgence to those who fulfill the specific requirements 20 days before or after Divine Mercy Sunday. 

These graces are separate from the special graces Jesus describes to Saint Faustina in her private revelation.

Here’s how to do it:

1) Go to Confession (20 days before, on, or after Divine Mercy Sunday)

2) Receive Holy Communion  (20 days before, on, or after Divine Mercy Sunday)

3) Pray for the Pope 

4) In any church or chapel, recite an Our FatherCreed, and a prayer to the Merciful Jesus (i.e., “Merciful Jesus, I trust in You!”) in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, or, participate in services honoring the Divine Mercy devotion.

One must approach the indulgence with a spirit “completely detached from the affection for a sin,” both mortal and venial.

The Church also allows the ill or those who cannot attend church to obtain this indulgence.

One may fulfill the three usual conditions as described above as soon as possible, along with reciting an Our FatherCreed, and prayer to the Merciful Jesus.

“If it is impossible that people do even this,” the decree continues, “on the same day they may obtain the Plenary Indulgence if with a spiritual intention they are united with those carrying out the prescribed practice for obtaining the Indulgence in the usual way and offer to the Merciful Lord a prayer and the sufferings of their illness and the difficulties of their lives, with the resolution to accomplish as soon as possible the three conditions prescribed to obtain the plenary indulgence.”

Click here for more information about Divine Mercy indulgences.

Merciful Jesus, I trust in You!

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