Chaplet of the Divine Mercy

(i) Begin by blessing yourself in the Name of the Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit (Sign of the Cross).

(ii) After you have made the Sign of the Cross (i.e., Blessed yourself) proceed by saying the Our Father.

(iii) You then say one Hail Mary.

(iv) Followed by saying the Apostles Creed.

You will see that Rosary beads are in a loop of five sets of ten (a decade) clearly divided by a single bead. Whilst the beads are not named this single bead is referred to as the 'Our Father' bead as it is the bead that corresponds to the Our Father prayer when praying the Rosary. For the purpose of this instruction we will refer to this bead as the 'Our Father' bead.

(v) On Our Father Beads 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.

(vi) For each of the beads within the 'decade' we pray the following;

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

(vii) When you have completed the five decades conclude with the following;

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

(Pray this three times)

The Origins of the Chaplet

In 1933, God gave Saint Faustina 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 Crossand 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."

In another of Saint Faustina's visions (September 13, 1935, Saint Faustina 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 Saint Faustina to say this prayer on ordinary rosary beads:

"First say one 'Our Father', 'Hail Mary', and 'I believe'. Then on the large beads say the following words:

'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 smaller beads you are to say the following words:

'For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.'

In conclusion you are to say these words three times:

'Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world'.

Jesus said later to Saint Faustina:

"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".

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