The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. (Diary of St Faustina 699)
Read below how to meet the requirements during this pandemic where most of the world is quarantined. 1. If you cannot go to Mass: Watch on TV or the internet.
2. If you cannot go to confession and receive Holy Communion because of the pandemic: you can Say an act of "Perfect Contrition" and do a "Spiritual Communion". (both are further below in this writing).
3. Separate from these extraordinary Graces the Church offers a plenary Indulgence which is explained below. A Spiritual Communion and Act of Perfect Contrition will do for this also. See below.
Video which supports this from The National Shrine called No Confession?
No Communion? No Grace? by Fr Chris Alar
What to do on Divine Mercy Sunday? by Fr Chris Alar ;
From the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy official promoters of the Divine Mercy Message: www.thedivinemercy.org
To receive these graces, the only condition is to receive Holy Communion worthily on Divine Mercy Sunday (or the Vigil celebration) by making a good confession beforehand and staying in the state of grace and trusting in His Divine Mercy.
By these conditions, our Lord is emphasizing the value of confession and Holy Communion as miracles of mercy. The Eucharist is Jesus, Himself, the Living God, longing to pour Himself as Mercy into our hearts.
In addition, our Lord says through St. Faustina that we are to perform acts of mercy:
"Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be acts of mercy" (742).
"The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive" (1578).
The worthy reception of the Eucharist on Divine Mercy Sunday is sufficient to obtain the extraordinary graces promised by Jesus. A plenary indulgence, obtained by fulfilling the usual conditions, also is available.
Thus, to fittingly observe the Feast of Mercy, we should:
1. Celebrate the Feast on the Sunday after Easter; April 19 - Divine Mercy Sunday
2. Sincerely repent of all our sins;
3. Place our complete trust in Jesus;
4. Go to Confession, preferably before that Sunday; (anytime during Lent thru Divine Mercy Sunday will meet this requirement) * see below
5. Receive Holy Communion on the day of the Feast; *See below
6. Venerate the Image of The Divine Mercy; 7. Be merciful to others, through our actions, words, and prayers.
Perfect Contrition and Spiritual Communion
What to do if you cannot go to Confession or Holy Communion due to the COVID-19 coronavirus
If you have to self-isolate or are quarantined due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, it is unlikely that you will be able to receive the sacraments as normal. In these circumstances, there are devotions through which you can receive absolution for your sins, (under certain conditions), and the consolation of Eucharistic grace. These devotions are officially encouraged by the Church and have been practiced by saints.
If you can, some churches have drive thru Confessions. We have at the Shrine at St Ann Bartlett Sat 3-4pm. If Not:
How to make an Act of Perfect Contrition:
Through an act of Perfect Contrition, you receive pardon for your sins outside of confession, even mortal sins, on condition that you determine to amend your life & make a firm resolution to go to sacramental confession as soon as this becomes possible for you.
Perfect Contrition is a grace from God, so sincerely ask for this gift throughout the day prior to making your act of contrition: “My God, grant me perfect contrition for all my sins”.
1. In reality or imagination kneel at the foot of a crucifix and say to yourself: “Jesus, my God and my Saviour, in the midst of your agony, you remembered me, you suffered for me, you wished to wipe away my sins”.
2. Contrition is ‘perfect’ if you repent of your sins because you love God and are sorry for offending Him and causing the sufferings of Christ on the cross. Before the Crucified Christ remember your sins, repent of them because they have brought our Lord to His sufferings on the Cross. Promise him, that with His help, you will not sin again.
3. Recite, slowly and sincerely, an act of contrition focused on the goodness of God and your love of Jesus: “O my God, because you are so good, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you and by the help of your grace I will not sin again. Amen”. 4. Make a firm resolution to go to sacramental confession as soon as practically possible.
How to make a Spiritual Communion
The key to Spiritual Communion is to grow in your heart a constant desire for the Blessed Sacrament.1. If you are aware of serious or mortal sin, make an Act of Perfect Contrition.
2. Imagine the sacred words & actions of the Mass or watch online or on TV.
3. Make all those acts of faith, humility, sorrow, adoration, love & desire that you usually express before Holy Communion 4. Desire, with earnest longing, to receive our Lord present - Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity - in the Blessed Sacrament.
5. Say this prayer of St. Alphonsus de' Ligouri: “My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You are already there, I embrace You and unite myself wholly to You; do not let me ever be separated from You. Amen.
6. After moments of silent adoration make all those acts of faith, humility, love, thanksgiving and offering that you usually express through prayers after Holy Communion.
How to receive the Indulgence for Divine Mercy Sunday'
1. Prayers for the Church’s Indulgence we at St Faustina Shrine/Society will do this Divine Mercy Sunday:
For the intentions of the Holy Father Pope Francis
“Our Father” - “Hail Mary” “Apostles Creed”
All say: “Merciful Jesus I trust in You”
Act of Perfect Contrition and then Spiritual Communion
An added prayer we usually say on Divine Mercy Sunday for the intercession of St John Paul II:
Prayer for the intercession of St John Paul II
O, St. John Paul, from the window of heaven, grant us your blessing! Bless the church that you loved and served and guided, courageously leading it along the paths of the world in order to bring Jesus to everyone and everyone to Jesus. Bless the young, who were your great passion. Help them dream again, help them look up high again to find the light that illuminates the paths of life here on earth.
May you bless families, bless each family! You warned of Satan’s assault against this precious and indispensable divine spark that God lit on earth. St. John Paul, with your prayer, may you protect the family and every life that blossoms from the family.
Pray for the whole world, which is still marked by tensions, wars and injustice. You tackled war by invoking dialogue and planting the seeds of love: pray for us so that we may be tireless sowers of peace. O St. John Paul, from heaven’s window, where we see you next to Mary, send God’s blessing down upon us all. Amen.
Plenary Indulgence offered by the Catholic Church:
The extraordinary graces promised to the faithful by our Lord Himself through St. Faustina should not be confused with the plenary indulgence granted by Pope John Paul II for the devout observance of the Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday).
The Decree of the Holy See offers: "A plenary indulgence, granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honour of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in You!)...
Indulgences can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.
"An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints". Info provided by the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy . www.thedivinemercy.org
Our Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration for the Indulgence will be to just pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy during the 3pm Holy Hour or if not able to then, anytime during the day or night where you are. Then say the prayers above. God Bless. Any questions go to the contact link in the menu. - Jay Hastings St Faustina Shrine/Society.
Shrine of St Faustina of The Divine Mercy
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