Use the comment boxes for your reports on Divine Mercy happenings you experienced. The news agency Zenit is back from its Easter Octave break, and they report a very brief mention from the pope, who emphasized the Easter Octave as a unitive celebration.
This Sunday — as I said — ends the week or, more precisely, the “octave” of Easter, which the liturgy considers a single day: “the day the Lord has made” (Psalm 117:24). It is not a chronological but a spiritual time that God has opened in the fabric of days when he raised Christ from the dead. The Creator Spirit, breathing the new and eternal life into the interred body of Jesus of Nazareth, brought the work of creation to its completion, bringing about a “first fruit”; a first fruit of a new humanity that is at the same time the first fruit of a new world and a new era.
Our parish had a 3PM service of music, Eucharistic adoration, and rosary with the Divine Mercy chaplet.
Brittany held out okay for most of it. “Witness” talks were included in the service and I think that grew a bit tiresome for her. She volunteered to assist with the cookies and punch reception afterward. So when I saw one of our organizers leave for the church hall about forty minutes in, I decided to show “mercy” and let her follow to help our friend Adele get things set up.
I have a few friends at the parish for whom the Divine Mercy devotion is big stuff. I see less interest from clergy. Some Catholics treat it with great suspicion. Sometimes it’s hard for me to see the separation of the observance from devotion for John Paul II, who will undoubtedly eclipse St Faustina for most Catholics concerned with such things.
I think our organizers were pleased. More people came this year that last, including two families with kids, excluding mine.