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Blessed Pope John Paul II: "The Message of Divine Mercy has always been near and dear to me… which I took with me to the See of Peter and which it in a sense forms the image of this Pontificate."  Please order here. We also have some seconds (slightly blemished) on sale.

Thank you!

In thanksgiving for another Divine Mercy season, we at Mercyimages.com wish to thank all our wonderful customers once again for your continued patronage. We have been producing and shipping these Images all over the world for the last 8 years, and have been printing wide format images since 1995.

We have been instrumental in placing literally thousands of canvas Images in Churches and homes all over the world. We also support the Marian Fathers in Stockbridge with royalty payments on their copyrighted Images, including the restored Vilnius we currently offer. We wish once again to thank you for your patronage!

Some New Testimonials

On display at a Poor Clares Convent in Alamo, TX

I lent [my Divine Mercy Image from mercyimages.com] to the Poor Clare Nuns...today I was drawn to visit our Lord in Adoration but I did not know where, so after a few I was led to Alamo were the nuns have the Chapel.

I broke down as soon as I knelt down before Him saw how perfectly He fits and was adorned and in the sequence that St . Faustina saw him:
"This is how He is to be, in our hearts."

Thanks for what you have and are doing!

Praise the Lord!
Jose, Divine Mercy for America

10" x 15" Hyla Divine Mercy, Framed in Black

I just wanted to tell you that the Divine Mercy Image arrived. My UPS delivers late, around 7:30 PM and I was on a Parish Mission when it came. Originally I thought it was coming tomorrow and was so happy to see that it came early. Just by chance I checked my front door just before going to bed. There it was. I opened the box and I have to tell you, that is soooooo beautiful. Thank you so much.

I will be going to the second night of our Parish Mission tonight and I'm bringing my Divine Mercy Image to be blessed by the priest conducting this mission.

Thank you again! It is awesome! I love it.

God Bless!
Suzanne A

(see more testimonials)

Painting of St. Faustina Available

St. Faustina

California artist Patricia Henderson has just made available a brand new image of St. Faustina. From the artist who also gave us a brand new, very popular St. Therese the Little Flower, comes another beautiful image of one of today's most significant saints.

Please visit the St. Faustina section of our online store or call us at
860-749-5058 for more information.

The Restored Vilnius Divine Mercy Image

Pope blesses our Divine Mercy Image

On October 4, 2003, our late beloved Holy Father Pope John Paul II blesses one of our Images en route to the diocesan shrine in Camaroon, Africa.

The restored Divine Mercy Image

Today there are many variations of the Divine Mercy Image around the world, the most famous being the Hyla, Vilnius, and Skemp Images. The Vilnius Image, featured on this page, is the original and only Divine Mercy Image painted under Sister Faustina's direction. It was painted in 1934 by Vilnius artist Eugene Kazimirowski, who was retained by Fr. Michael Sopocko, Sister Faustina's spiritual director. This image is named after the town where the Image was painted and first hung for public display. Both the Hyla and the Skemp are named after the artists who painted them.

To understand the true depth of what this Image is all about, you may order the "Oceans of Mercy Retreat" DVD, produced here at Mercy Films, Inc., in association with the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy. On the DVD there is an 80-minute conference on the Image given by Father Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, former vice-postulator for the cause of St. Faustina. (All together there are over 5 hours of in-depth conferences on every major aspect of this message given to St. Faustina). Please take advantage of this information and learn all you can about what this message really means.

The Restoration Project

restoration of Image

Before and after photos of the Vilnius Image after the restoration process in 2003 by the Archbishop of Vilnius, Lithuania.

During World War II, which Sister Faustina predicted two years to the day before the Nazis invaded Poland, the original Image fell into disrepair, having been improperly stored in a damp attic. As the Image and message gained popularity during the war as a comfort to souls, reproductions were made from a black and white photograph taken prior, which was not-so-skillfully colorized. In this form it was spread around the world. Sadly, none of these Images ever reflected the true beauty and color of the original painting. However, in June 2003, under the auspices of the Archbishop of Vilnius, the original painting was restored by an expert, and a photograph was sent to the Marian Fathers along with permission to reproduce it as a thank-you for their generous support in the building of a new Church there. The photograph was then given to Mercy Films, Inc. to prepare it for reproduction. The result is this stunning Image of Jesus, which we have shipped all over the world to Churches, Cathedrals, and homes.

The signature, "Jesus, I Trust In You", (or in Polish, "Jezu Ufam Tobie") which the Lord told Faustina He wanted on the Image, was not on the original painting. Therefore, font, color, and language of this signature may be one's personal preference. As part of our preparation for reproduction, we've made the Image available in 14 different languages so far, including Chinese, Gaelic, Latin, and Rwanda. We can add any other language, or put up to 3 languages on larger-size images for bi-lingual parishes.

Vilnius Image and the Shroud of Turin

Eugene KazimirowskiBecause Sister Faustina was not an artist, her spiritual director, Father Michael Sopocko, took her to a local Vilnius artist named Eugene Kazimirowski, (left), who painted this Image directly under Faustina’s supervision. From the time Sister received the vision in 1931 to paint this Image, to the time it was finished, three and one-half painful years had elapsed. Painful because of the many conflicts Sister Faustina had to endure. Sadly remarking, “Lord, who will paint You as beautiful as you are” (Diary 313), Faustina had the artist change the face at least 10 times. Finally, Our Lord told Faustina that it was good enough - to leave it in the state it’s in. In the mid 1990's it was accidentally discovered that the face on this Image perfectly matched the one on the Holy Shroud of Turin.

This restored Vilnius Image is the only Image painted under St. Faustina’s direction. It is now available for the first time as it was originally painted, here at MercyImages.com. Here you can find out more about the history of the Vilnius Image and the other images that were painted after Faustina's death.

A little-known promise regarding the Image

The restored Divine Mercy Image makes a beautiful addition to any room or chapel. But greater than it’s beauty are Our Lord’s words, “Not in the beauty of the color, nor of the brush lies the greatness of this image, but in My grace.” (Diary 313). Here is just one of many stories regarding the power and graces granted through this Image:

Saint Faustina depicted holding a plaque of the Image of Divine Mercy painted by the famous artist Janice Balabon. (Mercy Films, Inc. updated the Image with the restored version). Available here.

“In one of the first booklets that Sister Faustina’s confessor, Father Sopocko, published, he mentioned a promise made by Jesus regarding the veneration of the Image of Himself that He told Faustina to paint, that we cannot find either in the diary nor in her letters. Before St. Faustina was told by her spiritual director to keep a diary of her spiritual experiences, she used to record those, about which she thought she ought to inform him, on pieces of paper and give them to him. The Sister who was the vice-postulator for Poland knew that there was a collection of these which ultimately must have been given to the investigatory tribunal that was to inspect her writings, and it’s possible that this promise was mentioned among those papers."

Father Seraphim

Father Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, former vice-postulator, North America, for Sister Faustina's cause.

"Anyway, Father Sopocko knew about it and I’m sure that if it wasn’t true, he would not have included it in that booklet. It was a promise that Jesus made: I will save those cities and houses in which this Image will be found. He also said: I will likewise protect the persons who will honor and trust in My Mercy."

"There were many reports of incidents sent to us by people who said they believed this promise, and enthroned an Image of The Divine Mercy in their homes and summer camps, and on numerous occasions their places were miraculously preserved from damage.” ~ quote from Father Seraphim Michalenko, former vice-postulator for the cause of St. Faustina in North America, who shared this in a talk given in Florida on Oct. 13, 2003.

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