What is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy?
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a devotion received in messages from Christ by Sister Faustina Kowalksa, now Saint Faustina. As a young Polish nun in the 1930’s she was told in revelations to spread the message of mercy throughout the world. She was given the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, a set of prayers prayed using the structure of the Rosary.
Sister Faustina kept notes on her experience of Jesus, as instructed by her spiritual director. Her Diary is about 600 pages long and is considered a great spiritual work and a handbook to the devotion of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. As instructed in her revelations, Sister Faustina also had an image of the Divine Mercy painted in 1934 and it is one of the more common images of Christ seen today.
Sister Faustina’s Diary was published in 1984. In the year 2000 she was canonized and the second Sunday of Easter was declared Divine Mercy Sunday. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy spread quickly as a devotion, especially with the help of a Polish Pope, John Paul II. The Chaplet can be prayed at any time but there is a special emphasis placed on praying the Chaplet at 3:00 pm each day, the hour of Jesus’s death.
How to Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in English
The Chaplet is prayed using a Rosary as guidance for the structure of the prayer. The chaplet is more simple and is a little faster to pray than the Rosary, though.
1. Start with the Sign of the Cross
Optional Opening Prayer
2. “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 fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!”
Standard Opening Prayers (prayed once each)
3. 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.”
4. 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.”
5. 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.”
6. The Eternal Father
On the larger separated beads where you would normally pray the “Our Father” during the Rosary:
“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.”
7. On the 10 Small Beads in Each Decade
On the groups of 10 beads where you would normally pray the “Hail Mary’s” during the Rosary:
“For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”
8. (Repeat this for all five decades.)
9. Concluding Prayer
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
(Repeat three times)
10. 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.”
How to Sing the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
There are several sung renditions of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The version which is perhaps the most popular can be heard in the video below.
How to Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in Spanish
Cómo Rezar La Coronilla De Divina Misericordia
1. La Señal De La Cruz
Oraciones opcionales para comenzar
2. Expiraste, Jesús, pero Tu muerte hizo brotar un manantial de vida para las almas y el océano de Tu misericordia inundó todo el mundo. Oh, Fuente de Vida, insondable misericordia divina, anega el mundo entero derramando sobre nosotros hasta Tu última gota.
(Se repite 3 veces) Oh Sangre y Agua, que brotaron del Corazón de Jesús como una fuente de Misericordia para nosotros, en ustedes confío.
3. El Padre Nuestro
Padre nuestro, que estás en el cielo, Santificado sea tu nombre. Venga tu reino. Hágase tu voluntad en la tierra como en el cielo. Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día. Perdona nuestras ofensas, como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden. No nos dejes caer en tentación y líbranos del mal. Amén.
4. el Ave María
Padre nuestro, que estás en el cielo. Santificado sea tu nombre. Venga tu reino. Hágase tu voluntad en la tierra como en el cielo. Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día. Perdona nuestras ofensas, como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden. No nos dejes caer en tentación y líbranos del mal. Amén.
5. el Credo de los Apóstoles
Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo su único Hijo Nuestro Señor,
que fue concebido por obra y gracia del Espíritu Santo.
Nació de Santa María Virgen,
padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado, descendió a los infiernos,
al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
subió a los cielos y está sentado a la derecha de Dios Padre, todopoderoso.
Desde allí va a venir a juzgar a vivos y muertos.
Creo en el Espíritu Santo, la Santa Iglesia católica
la comunión de los santos, el perdón de los pecados,
la resurección de la carne y la vida eterna. Amén
6. En cada decena del rosario (en la cuenta de cada “Padre Nuestro” se reza)
Padre Eterno, te ofrezco el Cuerpo, la Sangre, el Alma y la Divinidad de Tu Amadísimo Hijo, Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, para el perdón de nuestros pecados y los del mundo entero.
7. (En cada una de las 10 cuentas del “Ave María”, se reza)
Por Su dolorosa Pasión, ten misericordia de nosotros y del mundo entero.
8. Repite 6 y 7 en cada decena
9. Oración final (Se repite 3 veces)
Santo Dios, Santo Fuerte, Santo Inmortal, ten piedad de nosotros y del mundo entero.
10. Oraciones opcionales para concluir
Oh Dios Eterno, en quien la misericordia es infinita y el tesoro de compasión inagotable, vuelve a nosotros Tu mirada bondadosa y aumenta Tu misericordia en nosotros, para que en momentos difíciles no nos desesperemos ni nos desalentemos, sino que, con gran confianza, nos sometamos a Tu santa voluntad, que es el Amor y la Misericordia Mismos.
The Divine Mercy Novena
One of the devotions of the Divine Mercy is the Divine Mercy Novena. A novena is a set of prayers most often prayed over the course of nine days. While the Divine Mercy Novena could be prayed at any time it is especially popular in the nine days leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday, begining with Good Friday.
Each day of the novena the Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed, with a prayer for certain souls to go along with each day. From Saint Faustina’s Diary, the intentions for each day of the novena are as follows:
Day 1 (Good Friday)
Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners.
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.
Day 2 (Holy Saturday)
Today bring to Me the souls of priests and religious.
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 heaven.
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.
Day 3 (Easter Sunday)
Today bring to Me all devout and faithful souls.
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 of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.
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.
Day 4 (Easter Monday)
Today bring to Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know me.
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 Heart.
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.
Day 5 (Easter Tuesday)
Today bring to Me the souls of those who have separated themselves from My Church.
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.
Day 6 (Easter Wednesday)
Today bring to Me the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children.
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.
Day 7 (Easter Thursday)
Today bring to Me the souls who especially venerate and glorify My mercy.
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.
Day 8 (Easter Friday)
Today bring to Me the souls who are detained in purgatory.
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.
Day 9 (Easter Saturday)
Today bring to Me souls who have become lukewarm.
Most compassionate 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.