St. Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), a Polish nun, received revelations from Our Lord concerning His immense Divine Mercy for the world. Jesus gave her the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, not just for her, but for the whole world, and attached wonderful promises to the praying of this chaplet.
The Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed on ordinary rosary beads, which makes it very easy to pray. (But you can use your fingers to keep track of the prayers if you don’t have a rosary or don’t have one with you.)
It is especially appropriate to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m., the time when Jesus died on the Cross, the “Hour of Great Mercy.” This hour is an especially wonderful time to beseech Our Merciful Lord for help.
With this awesome chaplet, pray for divine mercy for yourself and the whole world!
Divine Mercy Chaplet
Begin with the Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Optional Opening Prayers: You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You! (Pray three times.)
Our Father: Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be 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.
Hail Mary: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst 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.
The Apostles’ Creed: 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; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall 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.
On the large beads of 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.
On the small beads of each decade: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Repeat for the remaining four decades.
At the end: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (Pray three times.)
Optional Closing 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. Amen.
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