The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
For private recitation on ordinary rosary beads
To begin, Pray:
Our Father … Hail Mary … The Apostles’ Creed
Then, on the Our Father beads, you will say the following words:
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.
On the Hail Mary beads, you will say the following words:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.
In conclusion, THREE TIMES you will recite these words:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen.
(From the Diary of the Servant of God, St. Faustina – NoteBook I, p. 197)
About The Divine Mercy
The message and devotion of the Divine Mercy is based on the apparitions of Jesus to Sr. Maria Faustina of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Poland beginning in 1931. According to the Diary of Saint Faustina, Jesus said: “Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the inscription ‘Jesus, I trust in You.’ I desire that this image be venerated — first in your chapel, then throughout the world.” In 1935, an inner voice taught Sr. Faustina the prayer of Divine Mercy wherein Jesus told her, “Say unceasingly the chaplet that I have taught you.” He also asked her to pray at 3 o’clock each afternoon and to “Immerse yourself in My passion.”
Devotion to the Divine Mercy spread even before the death of Sr. Faustina in 1938. However, around 1959, the Church prohibited the spread of the devotion due to inaccurate information and confusing translations of the Diary. Through the persistence of the Archbishop of Krakow, almost twenty years later, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla had the evidence reevaluated and the Church reversed its earlier decision.
The message that Jesus gave to Sr. Faustina is one of complete love and mercy for poor sinners and for every soul that will draw near to Him: “My mercy is greater that your sins, and those of the entire world.” He said also, “I let My Sacred Heart be pierced with a lance, thus opening wide the source of mercy for you. Come with trust to draw graces from this fountain.”
Jesus calls upon us to trust in Him, to receive His mercy and to let it flow to others. His promise still stands firm for us today: “No soul that has called upon My Mercy has ever been disappointed.”
Feast Day: Second Sunday of Easter
Name Meaning: Mercy of Christ
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