The Divine Mercy Chaplet and Novena
"And his mercy is from generation unto
generations, to them that fear him."
(Mary's Magnificat, Luke 1:50)
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(For the Novena, Read the Intentions of Novena Day (scroll down) and then Pray the Chaplet)
The Devotion to the Divine Mercy was given by Jesus to St. Faustyna Kowalska, the "Secretary of My Divine Mercy", in 1935. Thus began, in the fullness of God's time, the modern era of the Divine Mercy of God to man. Jesus said to St. Faustyna:
"Before I come as the just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy." (1-83)
Saint Faustyna Kowalska
The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy can be prayed anytime, and is prayed for five decades on ordinary rosary beads (optional).
The prayers of the Chaplet begin with the following prayers:
THE 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."
Those who are disposed may add:
"For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever and ever. Amen."
THE 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, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell and on the third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again 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."
At the start of each decade, on the one Our Father bead, pray the following:
"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 decade beads pray the following ten times:
V. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion,
R. Have mercy on us and on the whole world.
(Move on to the next decade.)
In conclusion, pray the following three times:
"Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy on us and on the whole world."
At this time the following aspiration is traditionally added:
"O my Jesus of Mercy, I trust in You."
Then, the following aspiration is traditionally added three times:
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You."
(St. Faustina Kowalska, in veneration of the Divine Mercy.(1-84))
JESUS' PROMISES FOR PRAYING THE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET
• "The Souls that will say this Chaplet will be embraced by My mercy during their life time and especially at the hour of their death."
• "To Priests who proclaim My mercy, I will give wondrous power and touch the hearts of those to whom they will speak." (1521)
• "I promise that the soul that will venerate My image will not perish." (48) "The two rays denote blood and water...These two rays issued from the very depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened bv a lance on the Cross." (299)
• "Souls who spread the honor of My mercy...at the hour of death I will not be a Judge for them but a Merciful Savior." (1057)
• "The prayer most pleasing to Me is prayer for the conversion of sinners. Know my daughter that this prayer is always heard and answered." (1397)
• "I desire that the Feast of Mercy be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. The soul that will go to Confession within 8 days and receive Holy Communion and spend some time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament on this day shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment." (699)
• "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." (154)
THE DIVINE MERCY NOVENA PRAYERS FOR MERCY SUNDAY
Nine days before Mercy Sunday (the first Sunday after Easter), starting on Good Friday and ending on the Saturday before Mercy Sunday, the Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed for each of the nine Novena days. The prayers were given by Jesus to St. Faustina and are incorporated into the Chaplet for each of the days of the Novena.
"Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners,
and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me."
Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to
forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your
infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate
Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which
unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.
"Today bring to Me the Souls of Priests and Religious,
and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind."
Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in
men and women consecrated to Your service, that they may perform worthy works of
mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard -- upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.
"Today bring to Me all Devout and Faithful Souls,
and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. These souls brought me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were a drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness."
Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in
great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most
Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this grace of You by
that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.
"Today bring to Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not know Me,
I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy."
Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the
abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in
God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace
enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy;
and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.
"Today bring to Me the Souls of those who have separated themselves from My Church,
and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion."
Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek
it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of
those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light
into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your
Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the
generosity of Your mercy.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son's Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.
Today bring to Me the Meek and Humble Souls and the Souls of Little Children,
and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence.
Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, "Learn from Me for I am meek and
humble of heart." Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all
meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all
heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father's favorites. They are a
sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in
their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate
Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.
Today bring to Me the Souls who especially venerate and glorify My Mercy,
and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.
Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your
Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate
the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God
Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward,
confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on
their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will
embrace them as they depart from this life.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God:
Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend as His glory. Amen.
"Today bring to Me the Souls who are in the prison of Purgatory,
and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My justice."
Most Merciful Jesus,
You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your
Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You,
and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and
Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that
there, too, the power of Your mercy may be celebrated.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.
Mercy Sunday--a week after Easter Sunday)
"Today bring to Me the Souls who have become Lukewarm,
and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: 'Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.' For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy."
Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your
Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls
who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame.
O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them
into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love,
for nothing is beyond Your power.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.
Jesus said to St. Faustina:
"Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you.....Whoever will recite it will recieve 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 Saviour.....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." (687,1541,1731)
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