There is a beautiful meaning behind the two rays coming from Jesus’ chest in the Divine Mercy image.
St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words in her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, after asking Him the meaning. Before we discuss the meaning, take a look at the full image.
Here’s the full Divine Mercy Image:
The image above depicts two rays coming from Jesus’ chest: one pale ray and one red ray. But what does this mean?
St. Faustina’s confessor, Blessed Fr. Michał Sopocko, requested that she ask Jesus for an explanation of these rays.
Here’s what Jesus said:
“The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls.
“These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross.
“These rays shield souls from the wrath of My Father. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him. I desire the first Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy.
“Ask of my faithful servant [Father Sopocko] that, on this day, he tell the whole world of My great mercy; that whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment.
“Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy.
“Oh, how much I am hurt by a soul’s distrust! Such a soul professes that I am Holy and Just, but does not believe that I am Mercy and does not trust in My Goodness. My Heart rejoices in this title of Mercy.
“Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of God. All the works of My hands are crowned with mercy.”
(Divine Mercy in My Soul: Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska, 299)
As Jesus said in the first line, the rays symbolize His Blood and Water. “The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls.”