Praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a powerful instrument of prayer for ourselves and for others.
1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross on the Crucifix, then on the three small beads, an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and the Apostles’ Creed.
2. Then on the Our Father Bead of each decade, pray:
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.
3. On the ten Hail Mary Beads of each decade, pray:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (Repeat steps two and three for all five decades).
Repeat for all five decades.
4. Conclude the Chaplet by praying three times:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
History of the Chaplet
In 1933, Our Lord gave St. Faustina Kowalska a striking vision of His Mercy.
"I saw a great light, with God the Father in the midst of it. Between this light and the earth I saw Jesus nailed to the Cross and in such a way that God, wanting to look upon the earth, had to look through Our Lord's wounds and I understood that God blessed the earth for the sake of Jesus."
Of another vision, on Sept. 13, 1935, she writes:
"I saw an Angel, the executor of God's wrath... about to strike the earth...I began to beg God earnestly for the world with words which I heard interiorly. As I prayed in this way, I saw the Angel's helplessness, and he could not carry out the just punishment...."
The following day an inner voice taught her to say the Divine Mercy Chaplet on ordinary rosary beads. Jesus would later say to her of this devotion,
"Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you. Anyone who says it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from My Infinite Mercy. I want the whole world to know My Infinite Mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My Mercy… 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".