The organizers of the Pope’s visit to Lithuania are inviting people to send photos of themselves and become a part of a collage of the Divine Mercy image. A picture of the Merciful Jesus composed of thousands of small photos will be displayed in Vilnius Cathedral Square, where youth will gather waiting for the Pope Francis at 3 p.m. on September 22.
On the official website of the visit everyone can upload a photo of themselves which will be used to make the Divine Mercy collage. The deadline to contribute portrait photos is September 19. It is the hope of the organizers that God’s Mercy will embrace everyone involved, even those not in Cathedral Square. It will also draw attention to the message of Divine Mercy which Pope Francis is continually inviting people to put in practice by undertaking works of mercy.
The first image of Divine Mercy was painted in Vilnius in 1934. It is the only Divine Mercy image whose painting St. Faustina oversaw, describing her visions to the artist.
That original Divine mercy image is now an object of continual devotion at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in the Vilnius Old Town. On September 22, it will be brought to Cathedral Square, to the stage where Pope Francis will appear.
The last time the image “left” the shrine was during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, for the Divine Mercy Congress that took place in Vilnius then. On that occasion, thousands of people marched in procession with the image in the heart of the Lithuanian capital, to show how extremely important Divine Mercy is to every person and to the entire world.
Pope Francis will visit Lithuania on September 22-23. He will meet with young people on September 22 during a gathering at Cathedral Square in Vilnius which will begin at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to take part, not just people who hold invitations. All those who wish to see Pope Francis are invited to come to the areas surrounding the square, and also to gather along the route the popemobile will follow from the Gates of Dawn to Cathedral Square.