Divine Mercy Sunday
The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy on Eden Hill has attracted pilgrims to Stockbridge for decades. Though it serves as a haven for devotees year 'round, the most popular time for visitation is during the Feast of the Divine Mercy, which falls on the first Sunday after Easter. This year, Divine Mercy Sunday Weekend is April 14-15.
The event dates back to the 1930s, when Polish mystic St. Faustina reportedly received a series of revelations from Jesus Christ. Those revelations are recorded in her diary, which is published by the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, who administer the National Shrine. Now the Feast serves as a way to honor this happening and the Shrine as a place for spiritual renewal. The Marians consider this time a 'convergence of all the mysteries and graces of Holy Week and Easter Week.'
Nearly 20,000 visitors arrive by the busload to celebrate their faith or discover it for the first time amidst the splendor of the Berkshires. The event hosts confessions in multiple languages for the many international believers who make their way to the Shrine. Pilgrims may also take part in enrollments and masses, and visit tents for spiritual resources, international publications and hospitality. A gift shop allows you to take home the words of St. Faustina through reproductions of her diary. Candle Shrines and the Lourdes Grotto are among the other attractions of Eden Hill.
Those who wish to attend the event are encouraged to complete bus registration as soon as possible, as parking on the Eden Hill property is not open for use by the public. Off-site parking areas are available. For more information, visit www.marian.org, or call 413-298-3931.