Today is the Feast of Mercy. Since my conversion to the Catholic Church twelve years ago I have always felt a strong connection to this particular devotion. The story of Saint Faustina and her revelations with Jesus have always fascinated me. I highly recommend her biographical book listed under my favorites basket.
In a nutshell here is the history of today's feast day. In a vision to Saint Faustina Kowalska in 1935, the Lord revealed a powerful prayer that He wanted everyone to say .... the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy.... and He promised extraordinary graces to those who would recite it.
Prayed on ordinary rosary beads, the Chaplet is an intercessory prayer that extends the offering of the Eucharist. It may be said at any time, but our Lord specifically requested that it be used as a novena on the nine days before the Feast of Mercy (the first Sunday after Easter).
It is also especially appropriate to say the Chaplet during the three o'clock hour (recalling the time of Christ's death on the cross). In His revelations to Saint Faustina, Our Lord asked for special prayer and veneration for His Passion during this time.
Of course this posting wouldn't be complete if I didn't mention taking a quick peek at By Sun and Candelight where Dawn has posted more wonderful resources that you can do with your children to enhance the meaning of this beautiful Divine Mercy Sunday.