Vilnius, Lithuania: Original Painting of Divine Mercy in the Shrine of Divine Mercy
About the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Vilnius:
This is perhaps the most visited shrine in the country, since it contains the original painting of Divine Mercy, as requested by Our Lord to Saint Faustina at her convent in Poland. Although she was from Poland, Saint Faustina actually spent most of her time at a convent here in Lithuania, and wrote her diary here.
So it is not surprising that she chose an artist from Lithuania, Eugeniusz Kazimirowski. He painted the image according to her instructions and completed it in 1934.
Over the years it was taken to several different churches. Then on the Feast of the Divine Mercy, April 18, 2004, the Metropolitan of Vilnius, Cardinal Audrys Juozas Backis, reconsecrated the renovated church of the Holy Trinity in Vilnius into the Shrine of the Divine Mercy.
Pope John Paul II visited the shrine and prayed before the sacred image in 1993.
There are daily Masses (in Lithuanian and Polish), Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3:00 p.m. and more. The Shrine is open daily.
Finding the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Vilnius:
The Shrine is close the Church of the Holy Spirit, where the image had previously hung. Today a replica hangs in that church, as shown in the photo above.
Address: Dominikonų St. 12, Vilnius 01131, Lithuania
GPS coordinates: 54° 40′ 52.1832” N, 25° 17′ 3.5160” E
Tel: +370 (5) 250-5598
Click here for the official website of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Vilnius
There is a red button on the top of their home page, click it and you can view the shrine live, and perhaps catch Mass or the Chaplet. Time is GMT +3.
The movie “Divine Mercy Film” is highly recommended. Click here to go to their website.