What is the Hour of Mercy?

Question

“What is the Hour of Mercy?” — Green Bay

Answer

The Hour of Mercy corresponds to three o’clock in the afternoon, the exact time Jesus died on the cross on Good Friday. The hour represents the climax of his agony and the moment of his death. 

It was the death of Jesus that overcame the disobedience of Adam and provided the necessary work to make up for the sins of all humankind, bringing humanity back into the grace and life of God. 

The three o’clock hour has long been considered a time to appeal to God’s mercy, as this was the moment that the floodgates of Divine Mercy opened on Good Friday and salvation was made known to humankind. 

Our Lord Jesus instructed St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, as recorded in her diary: At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of me in virtue of my passion (Diary, 1320).” 

One should take advantage of the great graces that our Blessed Lord promises to those who are devoted to his mercy. Though one may not be able to make the Stations of the Cross or adore him in the Blessed Sacrament routinely, everyone can mentally pause for a brief moment and think of his total abandonment at the hour of agony. 

In these moments, one should say a short prayer such as “Jesus, Mercy,” or “Jesus, for the sake of your sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”

Our Lord Jesus has made it known that he desires a trustful abandonment of our lives to the care of his mercy. What better way to accomplish this than by remembering his hour of mercy and turning to him for help during the greatest act of love ever expressed. 

“Lord Jesus, have mercy on us, sinners. Amen.

Fr. Broussard, a Father of Mercy, is rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wis.    

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