Dominica In Albis, Quasimodo Sunday and Divine Mercy Sunday

Today, the sunday immediately following Easter, goes under three different days.

The first is as the dominica in albis

The name comes from the ancient habit by which the newly baptised wore a white tunic for Easter and the following seven days, the sunday following Easter being the day when the white tunic was put away. Therefore, the day was called dominica in albis depositis or “sunday in which the white clothes are put away”.

This day is (or perhaps rather: was) also called “Quasimodo Sunday”, because on this day the anthiphon of the Tridentine Mass used the words taken from Peter, Quasi modo geniti infantes, Halleluja, rationabile, sine dolo lac concupiscite, something on the lines of “yearn the pure spiritual milk as if you were newborn children”. In the book “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”, the protagonist is a deformed foundling who is, well, found on the easter following Sunday. In the words of Victor Hugo (taken from Wikipedia):

He [sc. archdeacon Claude Frollo, Quasimodo’s adoptive father] baptized his adopted child and called him Quasimodo; whether it was that he chose thereby to commemorate the day when he had found him, or that he meant to mark by that name how incomplete and imperfectly molded the poor little creature was. Indeed, Quasimodo, one-eyed, hunchbacked, and bow-legged, could hardly be considered as anything more than an almost.

The third way of calling this sunday is – after JP II declared the relevant feast – Divine Mercy sunday. This refers to the visions occurred to Saint Faustina Kowalska and nowadays considered worthy of belief by the Church. The Divine Mercy devotion is not everyone’s cup of tea, but – as always in such cases – no Catholic has the obligation of believing in it, so if you don’t follow it you aren’t 1% less Catholic than those who do.

Happy sunday!


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