"Bring your hand and feel the place of the nails, and do not be unbelieving but believing, alleluia." Communion Antiphon for Divine Mercy Sunday
On Sunday, April 16 we held a Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday with Bishop Joseph N. Perry (Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago) presiding and music by St. Gregory's Schola and the Vox Fidelis Children's Choir directed by Kevin Allen (composer-in-residence). The Mass was held at 3:00 p.m., which is the customary time for the praying of the Divine Mercy chaplet.
Music for the Mass included a setting composed by Kevin Allen, "Missa de Sancte Nicolai," and works by Guy de Lioncourt (1885-1961) and Leone Lioni (c1560-1627). On display was a reproduction of a Divine Mercy painting by artist-in-residence Sarah Crow, the original of which was commissioned for the Divine Mercy Shrine at St. John Cantius in Chicago.
The second Sunday of Easter, also known as Low Sunday or Quasi Modo Sunday, was declared the Sunday of Divine Mercy by St. Pope John Paul II in 2000 when he beatified Sr. Faustina Kowalska. St. Faustina was an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.