Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Decree establishing the Second Sunday of Easter as “Divine Mercy Sunday,” 5 May 2000.
Merciful and gracious is the Lord (Ps. 111:4), who, out of the great love with which he loved us (Eph. 2:4) and with unspeakable goodness, gave us his Only-begotten Son as our Redeemer, so that through the Death and Resurrection of this Son he might open the way to eternal life for the human race, and that the adopted children who receive his mercy within his temple might lift up his praise to the ends of the earth.
In our times, the Christian faithful in many parts of the world wish to praise that divine mercy in divine worship, particularly in the celebration of the Paschal Mystery, in which God’s loving kindness especially shines forth.
Acceding to these wishes, the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II has graciously determined that in the Roman Missal, after the title “Second Sunday of Easter,” there shall henceforth be added the appellation “(or Divine Mercy Sunday)”, and has prescribed that the texts assigned for that day in the same Missal and the Liturgy of the Hours of the Roman Rite are always to be used for the liturgical celebration of this Sunday.
The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments now publishes these decisions of the Supreme Pontiff so that they may take effect.
Anything to the contrary notwithstanding.
From the offices of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 5 May 2000.
Cardinal Jorge A. Medina Estévez
Francesco Pio Tamburrino
Prot. No. 1002/00/L, Oss Rom Eng, 33 (May 31, 2000): 2.