83 years ago today, on 13th September 1935, the Merciful Jesus gave Saint Faustina – and through her, all of us – the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The Chaplet is one of the core elements of the Divine Mercy devotion.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed on ordinary Rosary beads. But the Rosary and the Chaplet are quite different things and it is worth taking a moment to look at this. There is one marked similarity between the Rosary and the Chaplet, however – both are enormously powerful. And they have something else in common – the request of Heaven that we pray these prayers, those of the Rosary and those of the Chaplet.
The Rosary is a meditative prayer which gradually developed over time before taking on the form in which we now recognise it, undergoing various changes and adaptations in the intervening centuries – most recently, for example, the addition of the Luminous Mysteries by Pope John Paul II.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy was given to us fully complete, it’s form and prayers already in place; St Faustina writes in her Diary that the Lord Jesus dictated the prayers of the Chaplet to her directly, and it remains exactly the same today as it did on 13th September 1935, the day Jesus gave it to St Faustina.
And rather than being meditative, the Chaplet is a prayer of intercession. As St Faustina notes in her Diary, the Lord commanded her to pray the prayers with the assurance that “these prayers will serve to appease My wrath”. The Diary also records that St Faustina heard the voice of God the Father, Who told her –
“At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this Chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, indulgence is the same. When this Chaplet is said by the bedside of a dying person, God’s anger is placated, unfathomable mercy envelops the soul, and the very depths of My tender Mercy are moved, for the sake of the sorrowful Passion of My Son.”
In her Diary, St Faustina relates how an Angel had been sent to execute God’s wrath, His divine justice, upon a certain place. Wishing to placate God’s anger, St Faustina began to pray the words of the Chaplet – “I found myself pleading with God, with words heard interiorly.. never before had I prayed with such inner power as I did then”. And her prayers did indeed hold back the Angel who had been sent to deliver Divine Justice.
With such a heavenly insistence on the praying of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and with such powerful promises regarding it’s power, how can we possibly not pray the Chaplet?
How To Pray The Chaplet
On the first pendant bead –
“You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls and the ocean of mercy opened up for us. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelope the whole world and pour Yourself out upon us”
On the first small pendant bead –
On the second small pendant bead –
On the third small pendant bead –
“I believe in God..”
On the Our Father beads –
“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 the sins of the whole world”
On the Hail Mary beads –
“For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world”
In conclusion, three times –
“Holy God, holy mighty One, holy immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world”
Closing Prayer –
“Eternal Father, 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 may not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence, submit ourselves to You holy will, which is love and mercy Itself”
“Say unceasingly the Chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. 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 that the whole world know My infinite Mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My Mercy.”