Feast of the Divine Mercy: The Divine Mercy Chaplet Prayer

“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. …In this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My passion” (Our Lord — written in the Diary of Sister Faustina; p. 1320).

The Divine Mercy Chaplet Prayer:

How to Recite the Chaplet (on ordinary rosary beads)Saint Faustina’s Diary, p. 476

1) The Our Father

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed by Thy Name; Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

2) The Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

3) The Apostles’ Creed

*Text from the officially approved translation. See Holy Saturday Liturgy in the Roman Missal

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

4) On the Father Bead before Each Decade:

Eternal Father,
I offer You
the Body and Blood,
Soul and Divinity
of Your dearly beloved Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ,
in atonement for our sins
and those of the whole world.

5) On the 10 Hail Mary Beads of Each Decade:

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion,
have mercy on us
and on the whole world.

6) Concluding Doxology:

(after five decades)
(repeat three times)

Holy God,
Holy Mighty One,
Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us
and on the whole world.

7) Optional Concluding Prayer

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your Holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself. (Diary p. 950)

Pray this Divine Mercy Chaplet with your whole heart, soul and mind


In 1935, Saint Faustina received a vision of an angel sent by God to chastise a certain city. She began to pray for mercy, but her prayers were powerless. Suddenly she saw the Holy Trinity and felt the power of Jesus’ grace within her. At the same time she found herself pleading with God for mercy with words she heard interiorly:

“Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world; for the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us” (Diary, p. 475).

As she continued saying this inspired prayer, the angel became helpless and could not carry out the deserved punishment (see Diary p. 474, 475).

The next day, as she was entering the chapel, she again heard this interior voice, instructing her how to recite the prayer that our Lord later called “the chaplet.” This time, after “have mercy on us”, were added the words “and on the whole world” (p. 476). From then on, she recited this form of prayer almost constantly, offering it especially for the dying.

In subsequent revelations, the Lord made it clear that the chaplet was not just for her, but for the whole world. He also attached extraordinary promises to its recitation:

“Encourage souls to say this chaplet which I have given you (p. 1541). Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death (p. 687). When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the Merciful Savior (p. 1541). Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy (p. 687). I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy (p. 687). Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will” (p. 1731).

Prayed on ordinary rosary beads, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is an intercessory prayer that extends the offering of the Eucharist, so it is especially appropriate to use it after having received Holy Communion at Holy Mass. It may be said at any time but our Lord specifically told Saint Faustina to recite it during the nine days before the Feast of Mercy (the first Sunday after Easter). He then added:

“By this novena, [of chaplets] I will grant every possible grace to souls” (p. 796).

It is likewise appropriate to pray the chaplet during the “Hour of Great Mercy” – three o’clock each afternoon (recalling the time of Christ’s death on the Cross). In His revelations to Saint Faustina, our Lord asked for a special remembrance of His Passion at that hour.

“Jesus gave me to understand how a soul should be faithful to prayer despite torments, dryness, and temptations; because oftentimes the realization of God’s great plans depends mainly on such prayer. If we do not persevere in such prayer, we frustrate what the Lord wanted to do through us or within us” –Saint Sister Faustina, author of the Divine Mercy; p. 872 of her Diary.

Sister Faustina, pray for us!

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