The Divine Mercy Image has been given to us by Jesus. It is not just a picture but an image of great grace. In the Diary of St. Faustina, Jesus relates to us that the Image must be venerated properly. The promises that Jesus attaches to the Image are immense.
On Sunday, February 22, 1931, Jesus appeared to St. Faustina with bright rays of light emanating from His heart. He said to her “Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You! I desire that this image be venerated… in your chapel, and... throughout the world” (47).
Jesus went on to exclaim, “I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory (48). I desire that there be a Feast of Mercy. I want this image, which you will paint with a brush, to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter; that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy (49).
In Walsingham, England on the 5th June there was a wonderful day of Divine Mercy where the Image was processed out in the open and venerated by so many people. The following article on this great event comes from Independent Catholic News.
Mgr Keith Barltrop (National Coordinator for Divine Mercy in UK) then gave a talk on ‘God’s Mercy, Help of the World’ drawing our attention to trust in God’s Mercy and to proclaim it by the witness of our lives. He spoke of the need for a renewed commitment to serious prayer and fasting and exhorted the pilgrims to be part of a National Movement to spread the fire of God’s Mercy throughout the British Isles.