Friday, July 21, 2017

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Finding Divine Mercy

Our Lord said to Saint Faustina:

Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you ... Whoever will recite it will receive
great mercy at the hour of death ... 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 ... 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. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy ... Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will.

How to Recite the Chaplet

The Chaplet of Mercy is said using a rosary, though it starts with two prayers from the Diary of Saint Faustina and followed by a closing prayer.

Sign of the Cross -- In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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.

(Repeat 3 times) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

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 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; 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.

The Eternal Father -- 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 10 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 decades -- Saying the Eternal Father (#6) on the Our Father
bead and then #10 For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion (#7) on the following Hail
Mary beads.

Holy God (Repeat 3 times) -- Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on
us and on the whole world.

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.

For more information about praying The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy including its history, videos and an audio file



The Divine Mercy: Starting the week after Easter our parish kicked off 52 weeks of readings on “The Divine Mercy” with the bulletin insert titled, “What is Divine Mercy?” The complete 52 week library of articles is available on the internet at:

Week Two: “Mercy is God’s Greatest Attribute”. God does not just do merciful things sometimes. He is always and every where and at all times merciful. It is considered his greatest attribute because the results of the activity of merciful love are the greatest in the world. “Love is the flower, mercy the fruit.” -St. Faustina