Sunday, April 19, 2009

Divine Mercy Sunday

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

"Jezu Ufam Tobie"
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...

Vilnius Image and the Shroud of Turin

Because Sister Faustina was not an artist, her spiritual director, Father Michael Sopocko, took her to a local Vilnius artist named Eugene Kazimirowski, 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...

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."
To learn more about the history of this original image of the Divine Mercy, please visit Mercy Images

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*~JennD.'J.M.J.'~* said...

hello Esther~ :)
Thank-you for posting this; I have decided to go ahead & order the Image in the 8"x10" framed size...and I am hanging it alongside the icon of our Mother of Perpetual Help in our main hallway.
I have wanted to do this for quite some time, anyway, and what better time, eh? :)
...a great post & a great reminder...thanks for that!

Sarah (JOT) said...

I had no idea the image was the same as the shroud. How cool!

Esther said...

Wonderful Jenn!

Sarah, it does make sense though, doesn't it?