Three to four o’clock in the afternoon is the Hour of Great Mercy. Jesus promised St. Faustina that during this hour He would give extraordinary graces to whomever might ask for them. So that we don’t let such an amazing opportunity pass us by, let’s get the “three o’clock habit” and tap into these great graces. Before reading suggestions for how we might do this, let’s first read Jesus’ actual words to Faustina on this topic.
Jesus spoke to Faustina about the Hour of Great Mercy on two separate occasions. On the first occasion, he said:
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 for the whole world. I will allow you to enter into My mortal sorrow. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion (1320).
On the second occasion, Jesus spoke at greater length about this special time of grace:
I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world — mercy triumphed over justice. My daughter, try your best to make the Stations of the Cross in this hour, provided that your duties permit it; and if you are not able to make the Stations of the Cross, then at least step into the chapel for a moment and adore, in the Blessed Sacrament, My Heart, which is full of mercy; and should you be unable to step into the chapel, immerse yourself in prayer there where you happen to be, if only for a very brief instant (1572).