When Is Divine Mercy Sunday?

Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy

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Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast instituted by Pope Saint John Paul II, is celebrated every year on the Octave of Easter.

How Is the Date Determined?

The Octave of Easter is the eighth day of Easter, or, in other words, the Sunday after Easter Sunday. Since the date of Easter changes every year, the date of Divine Mercy Sunday does as well.

Pope John Paul II extended the feast of Divine Mercy Sunday to the entire church when he canonized St. Maria Faustina Kowalska on April 30, 2000 (Divine Mercy Sunday that year), The Holy Father chose the Octave of Easter as the date for Divine Mercy Sunday because that is the day after the Divine Mercy Novena ends.

Upcoming Dates

  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2019: April 28, 2019
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2020: April 19, 2020
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2021: April 11, 2021
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2022: April 24, 2022
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2023: April 16, 2023
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2024: April 7, 2024
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2025: April 27, 2025
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2026: April 12, 2026
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2027: April 4, 2027
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2028: April 23, 2028
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2029: April 8, 2029
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2030: April 28, 2030

Previous Years

Here are the dates when Divine Mercy Sunday fell in previous years, going back to 2007:

  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2007: April 15, 2007
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2008: March 30, 2008
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2009: April 19, 2009
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2010: April 11, 2010
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2011: May 1, 2011
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2012: April 15, 2012
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2013: April 7, 2013
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2014: April 27, 2014
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2015: April 12, 2015
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2016: April 3, 2016
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2017: April 23, 2017
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2018: April 8, 2018

Devotions

Divine Mercy Sunday marks the end of the Divine Mercy Novena, which begins on Good Friday every year. Christ Himself revealed the Divine Mercy Novena to Saint Faustina on Good Friday 1937 and dictated to her the prayers that make up the novena. The Divine Mercy Novena is often combined with the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which is also commonly prayed on Divine Mercy Sunday. Many people also pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet throughout the year, especially at 3 pm, the time when Christ died on the Cross.