How to Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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 the 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 and on the whole world. (Diary 476)

As she continued saying this inspired prayer, the angel became helpless and could not carry out the deserved punishment (Diary 474, 475). The next morning when Faustina entered the chapel, she heard these words interiorly:

Our Lord Speaks:

“Every time you enter the chapel, immediately recite the prayer which I taught you yesterday” (Diary 476).

Then she heard these words:

Our Lord Speaks:

“This prayer will serve to appease My wrath. You will recite it for nine days on the beads of the rosary in the following manner: First of all, you will say one Our Father and Hail Mary and the I Believe in God. 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 one 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’” (Diary 476)

God will refuse nothing when you entreat Him with the voice of His Son. Your sacrifice is nothing in itself, but when you join it to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, it becomes all-powerful and has the power to appease divine wrath. God loves us in His Son. The painful passion of the Son of God constantly turns aside the wrath of God.

O My Creator and Lord, I feel that I am going to remove the veil of heaven so that earth will not doubt your goodness (words from Faustina Diary 483).

Our Lord Speaks:

Encourage souls to say the chaplet which I have given you (1541) . . . Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death (Diary 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 (Diary 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 (Diary 687) . . . Through the chaplet, you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will (Diary 1731).


At what time should I pray the chaplet?

The chaplet may be said at any time. This is such a powerful prayer and should be prayed often. I invite you especially on the Feast of Mercy at the 3:00 o'clock hour to pray the chaplet.


The three o'clock hour as an important time to pray the chaplet

The three o'clock hour is the hour of great mercy. This is the hour Our Lord died on the cross. The lord invites us to pray the chaplet at (3:00) every afternoon, remembering Christ's death on the cross. It would also be very appropriate to say after you have received Holy Communion.


Will this prayer take people away from the Rosary?

No. On the contrary, since Our Lord asks for it on regular rosary beads, this should lead you afterwards into the rosary.


I'm still not sure I understand the chaplet

In the chaplet, we are not begging God to grant something He might be holding back from us. We are offering a sacrifice of praise. We are acknowledging, affirming and acclaiming Him as the merciful one who has in Christ, once-for-all, granted us all that we need to fulfill His purpose for us. We are offering God the Father, His beloved Son, that through His sacrifice on Calvary has opened heaven for us and has made amends for our sins so we can become one with God again. Through the Chaplet we are uniting with our Savior in prayer and sacrifice, on behalf of poor sinners.


The Lord's Promises Attached to the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

  • “The souls that say this chaplet will be embraced by My Mercy during their lifetime and especially at the hour of their death.” (Diary 754)
  • “When hardened sinners say it, I will fill their hearts with peace and the hour of their death will be a happy one.” (Diary 1541)

  • “No soul that has called upon My mercy has been brought to shame. I delight particularly in a soul that placed its trust in My goodness.” (Diary 1541)

  • “When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as a just judge but as a Merciful Savior.” (Diary 1541)

  • “Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death.” (Diary 687)

  • “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.” (Diary 687)


How to Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The chaplet is said using a rosary.

Begin by making the sign of the cross while holding the crucifix. Then pray (1 Our Father), (1 Hail Mary) and (1 Apostle’s Creed).

On the large beads recite the following:
V. Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
R. In atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

On the small beads recite the following:
V. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion
R. Have mercy on us and on the whole world.

In conclusion say this prayer three times:
V. Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One
R. Have mercy on us and on the whole world.

End this prayer by making the sign of the cross

The sign of the cross:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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 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.

Apostle’s 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 arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated 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

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