Divine Mercy Prayer
The Divine Mercy prayer is also referred to as the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy or simply Divine Mercy Chaplet. It is based on the Christological apparitions of Jesus Christ as reported by Saint Faustina Kowalska. She is the apostle of Divine Mercy.
She received the prayer through visions and conversations with our Lord Jesus. In this revelation, Jesus Christ made some very specific promises about the recitation of this prayer.
As a Roman Catholic devotion, The Divine Mercy prayer is usually said as a rosary-based prayer. We use the same set of rosary beads that we use in reciting the Rosary or the Chaplet of Holy Wounds. But unlike reciting the Rosary it is only one-third as long.
The prayer is said at any time in the Roman Catholic church. Though it is normally said on Divine Mercy Sunday and on Fridays at 3:00 pm. At the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge Massachusetts, the prayer is said every day.
Saint Faustina wrote all about her encounter with Jesus in her diary. During this vision, Lord Jesus introduced her to the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. She wrote about how Jesus had asked her to pray the Chaplet, and he also instructed others to do so.
In her diary, she wrote about her visions, and about how the prayer was threefold. Firstly meant to obtain mercy. Secondly for trust in Christ. finally to show mercy to others.
According to Saint Faustina, Jesus proclaimed anything can be obtained through this prayer. As long as it is compatible with his will. On September 13 1935, she had a vision. In that vision, she saw an angel sent to a city to destroy it. She began to pray to God for mercy on the city, after which she felt a strong presence of the Holy Trinity. The angel was powerless to harm the city when she was done with the prayer.
How to Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy Prayer
Make 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.
(Repeat three times) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You!
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, 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; 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.
On the Large Bead Before Each Decade Pray – 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 Pray
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Repeat for the Remaining Decades
- Say the “Eternal Father” on the “Our Father” bead and
- Say for the sake of His sorrowful Passion” on the following “Hail Mary” beads.
Conclude With Holy God (Repeat three times)
(Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.) X3
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.
3 O’Clock Divine Mercy Prayer
“You expired, Loving Jesus, but the source of life poured forth for souls and an ocean of mercy rose up for the whole world. Blessed Fount of Life, incomprehensible Divine Mercy, cover the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. O Blood and Water, which poured forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You. Amen.“
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